The red grape variety comes from Portugal, Synonyms are Teinturier Mâle, Tinta de França, Tinta Francesca, Tinta Franceza. According to a hypothesis, the vine was transferred from Burgundy to the Irish by James Archibald in 1764 Quinta de Roriz brought in Ervedosa do Douro and that it is a clone of Pinot Noir acted. However, this was done through in 2003 DNA analysis refuted, but the parentage is unknown. The analyzes showed possible connections to the varieties Rabigato. Tinto Cao and Viosinho, But there is no connection to the variety Complexion of Cher,
The late-ripening, low-yielding vine is susceptible to real ones mildew and Botrytis, but excellent for dry and hot locations. It produces aromatic, rather simple red wines with a high alcohol but low acidity, which mainly serve as a blend. The variety is mainly in the field Douro grown and also for the production of port wine used. The total acreage in 2010 was 53 hectares in Portugal. It is also in a few hectares South Africa grown.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012