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 Alicante Bouschet Wine

Alicante Bouschet is a teinturier grape variety widely planted in France (particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon region), Spain and Portugal and, to a lesser extent, in parts of Italy, Israel, Macedonia, North Africa, Chile and California. The variety is a crossing of Petit Bouschet and Grenache, first cultivated by viticulturalist Henri Bouschet, in 1866.

Originally designed as a blending grape to improve the depth of color of such popular 19th-Century grapes as Aramon, Alicante Bouschet quickly became popular, not just for its intense coloring but for its generous yields. With its high-yielding, easy-to-grow vines, Alicante Bouschet was used to help rebuild devastated European wine industries following the phylloxera epidemic. 

Alicante Bouschet
Alicante Bouschet Grapes

During the time of Prohibition in the United States, Alicante Bouschet was often grown in California and sold on the East Coast as table grapes. The variety’s thick skin made it sufficiently robust to withstand transportation in crates and its juicy flesh enabled illicit winemakers to press the grapes several times, ensuring that nothing went to waste.

In the latter half of the 20th Century, Alicante Bouschet developed a reputation for producing uninspiring wines that lacked varietal distinction. Modern producers in Almansa, Spain and in Alentejo, Portugal, are working hard to change people’s perception of the variety and prove that, when grown properly, it is capable of making great wine that is fruity, fresh and balanced.

In a blend, Alicante Bouschet contributes soft texture and desirable color. However, its ability to ripen and produce large crops very early in the season comes at the expense of depth and alcoholic strength. With controlled yields and diligent site selection, Alicante Bouschet can produce excellent wine at an attractive price.

Synonyms include: Alicante, Alicante Henri Bouschet, Garnacha Tintorera.

Related grape varieties include: Petit Bouschet, Grenache, Alicante Ganzin.

Food matches include:
Europe: Mixed meat kebab (espetada mista)
Americas: East Texas-style barbecue; Peruvian stuffed pepper (rocoto relleno)
Australasia/Oceania: Roasted suckling pig with tamarillo sauce

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We found 91 matches for Alicante Bouschet. Click on a name below for prices and details ...
Wine Name
Herdade do Mouchao Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $42 3620
Rapariga da Quinta Tinto Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $17 6586
Bodega Tintoralba Higueruela, Almansa, Spain Almansa $11 13530
Heredade Do Mouchao Tonel 3-4, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $137 15188
Rockford Alicante Bouchet Rose, Barossa Valley, Australia Barossa Valley $23 16573
Herdade do Esporao 'AB' Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $35 28089
Herdade dos Grous Moon Harvested, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $32 29403
Luis Pato Vinha Pan Tinto, Beiras, Portugal Beiras $42 29918
Bodegas Almansenas Adaras, Almansa, Spain Almansa $27 44319
Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Coleccion Garnacha Tintorera, Almansa, Spain Almansa $8 52490
Monte di Grazia Rosso Campania IGT, Italy Campania IGT $20 56158
Chateau Ollieux Romanis Alicante Bouschet, IGP Aude, France IGP Aude $18 58343
Bodega Tintoralba Dulce, Almansa, Spain Almansa $23 63147
Carmim Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $11 63147
Cien y Pico Doble Pasta Tintorera, Manchuela, Spain Manchuela $17 64059
DFJ Vinhos Grand'Arte Alicante Bouschet, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa $11 70115
Caves Bonifacio Alicante Bouschet, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa $10 72420
Herdade do Mouchao Licoroso, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $27 72420
Terras de Alter 'Terra d'Alter' Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $11 76247
Herdade do Rocim Grande Rocim Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $56 79137
Santo Isidro de Pegoes Adega de Pegoes Alicante Bouschet, Vinho Regional Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Setubal Peninsula $15 79137
Bodega Tintoralba Crianza Seleccion, Almansa, Spain Almansa $10 84005
Poggio Argentiera Lalicante Vino da Tavola Passito, Italy Vino da Tavola $54 84005
Azamor Selected Vines Red Blend, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $22 85801
Bodega Tintoralba Crianza, Almansa, Spain Almansa $10 91633
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