The Blauer Portugieser is identical with the Português Azul, but probably originates in Austria. Most of its plantings can be found in Niederösterreich (Lower Austria).

Origin

probably Austria

Parentage

Probably crossing between Sbulzina x Sylvaner

Vineyard area

483.02 ha; 1.1%

Parentage

Blauer Portugieser is probably a crossing between Sbulzina and Sylvaner. It is identical to the “Português Azul” variety in Portugal.

Vineyard area

Grows mainly in Niederösterreich but is significantly declining in importance. The total area planted with this variety increased steadily between 1999 and 2020.

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Blauer Portugieser.
© Austrian Wine / Oberleithner

Important ampelographic features

Leaf

circular, with five to seven lobes

Grape cluster

medium-sized, densely berried, cone-shaped, shouldered, sometimes with small secondary clusters; berries are oval and bluish black in colour

Ripening

Ripening

very early
early
early to middle
middle
middle to late
late
very late

Significance & conditions

Blauer Portugieser is a key variety in the Thermenregion and the north-western Weinviertel. Its susceptibility to winter frost, botrytis, oidium and Peronospora makes cultivation more challenging.

Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on the wine origin in the list for a breakdown into more specific regions of origin.

Total area in Austria:

A picture shows a person holding a glass of red wine.
© Austrian Wine / Blickwerk Fotografie

Characteristics of the wine

Higher yields result in simple, pale red wines that mature quickly and age prematurely. In good vintages, yield restriction enables Blauer Portugieser to deliver dense, extract-rich red wines.

Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015

Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)

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