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Blauer Portugieser is a red grape that is most often found in Lower Austria, though its geographic origin is almost certainly Styria. It’s generally used as a red wine, but there are some rosé versions that are quite lovely.
The wine is pretty light and fresh, and is often oaked. Because of the low level of acidity, they don’t age well on their own, but when used in a cuvée can add a level of tart fruit for balance.
If you have a chance to eat the grapes themselves, definitely do, because they are delicious!
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