The red variety comes from Portugal, Synonyms are Teinturier Mâle, Tinta de França, Tinta Francesca, Tinta Franceza. It was hypothesized that the vine was taken from Burgundy by the Irishman James Archibald in 1764 Quinta de Roriz brought in Ervedosa do Douro and that it is a clone of Pinot Noir acted. But this was done in 2003 DNA analysis refutes, but the parentage is unknown. The analyzes revealed possible links to the varieties Rabigato. Tinto Cão and Viosinho, But there is no connection to the variety Teinturier du Cher,
The late-ripening, low-yielding vine is prone to real mildew and Botrytis, but excellent for dry and hot locations. It produces aromatic, rather simple red wines with high alcohol but low acid content, which serve mainly as a blend. The variety is mainly in the area Douro grown and also for the production of port wine used. The acreage in 2010 was 53 hectares in Portugal. It will be in a few hectares also in South Africa grown.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012