The principal grape varieties of the Douro region include the black grapes Bastardo, Mourisco Tinto, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz (the same as Spain's
Tempranillo), Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional, and the white grapes Donzelinho Branco, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato, and Viosinho.
A large number of grape varieties are grown in the Douro region, most of them local Portuguese grapes. For a long time, the grape varieties grown in the Douro were not very
well studied. Vineyards of mixed plantation were the norm, and most of the time, the vineyard owners didn't know which grape varieties they were growing. A pioneering effort
were made in the 1970s which identified Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta CÃ£o and Tinta Barroca as the prime dark-skinned grape varieties.
Tinta Amarela and the teinturier SousÃ£o has later come to be included among the varieties that attract the most interest. This work was important for creating
the new wave of top Douro wines and has also led to a greater focus on the grape varieties that go into Port wine. Most top quintas now replant with single-variety vineyards
and focus on a limited number of varieties, but older, mixed vineyards will remain in production for many decades to come.
Raymond Reynolds Ltd supplies wines from the following producers in the Douro region:
Quinta do CÃ´a
Quinta do Vale MeÃ£o
Quinta de Macedos