Definition - What does Garnacha Tintorera mean?
Garnacha Tintorera is a cross of the Petit Bouschet grape and Grenache. It is a varietal included in the family of teinturier grapes of Vitis vinifera species, meaning its skin is red (almost black) and the flesh is also red.
It originated in France but is widely known as the main grape in the Alentejo region of Portugal where it is used to make rich, dark wines.
WineFrog explains Garnacha Tintorera
Garnacha Tintorera is known by many other names; Alicante Bouschet, Alicante Nero, Baga, Tinturao and many others.
It has been in cultivation since the mid-nineteenth century and has been brought to many countries around the globe. During Prohibition in the United States, it was the favored grape to transport from California to the East Coast, as its thick skins prevented rot.
In the 21st century, it was the most planted red grape in France, especially in Cognac, Languedoc and Provence.
Wine made from Garnacha Tintorera is noted for its almost opaque color and its high alcohol content. A young wine made from the variety is not known for its complexity and is a wine that must be aged. This is the reason it is often blended with other grapes. In Portugal, it is often blended with Tempranillo.