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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 the 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 88 matches for Alicante Bouschet. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
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Herdade do Mouchao Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $47 3302
Rockford Alicante Bouchet Rose, Barossa Valley, Australia Barossa Valley $23 5534
Rapariga da Quinta Tinto Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $18 11559
Heredade Do Mouchao Tonel 3-4, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $171 14587
Bodega Tintoralba Higueruela, Almansa, Spain Almansa $11 15489
Luis Pato Vinha Pan Tinto, Beiras, Portugal Beiras $43 20207
Aluado Alicante Bouschet, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa $13 20618
Herdade dos Grous Moon Harvested, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $35 24629
Cien y Pico Doble Pasta Tintorera, Manchuela, Spain Manchuela $16 30227
Herdade do Esporao 'AB' Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $36 32906
Bodegas Almansenas Adaras, Almansa, Spain Almansa $25 38288
DFJ Vinhos Grand'Arte Alicante Bouschet, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa $16 45468
Silkwood Wines Alicante, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley N/A 46171
Herdade do Mouchao Licoroso, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $35 50138
Chateau Ollieux Romanis Alicante Bouschet, IGP Aude, France IGP Aude $16 50969
Bodega Tintoralba Dulce, Almansa, Spain Almansa $25 51245
Tenuta La Badiola Acquaguista Rosato Maremma Toscana, Tuscany, Italy Maremma Toscana $13 52103
Bodega Tintoralba Crianza, Almansa, Spain Almansa $10 54327
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Magenta Label Alicante Bouschet, Central Valley, USA Central Valley $16 55002
Mother's Choice Organic Red, California, USA California $10 57069
Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Coleccion Garnacha Tintorera, Almansa, Spain Almansa $8 60153
Terras de Alter 'Terra d'Alter' Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $11 60153
Rapariga da Quinta Colheita Seleccionada Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $13 61804
Julio Bastos 'Julio B Bastos' Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo $95 65343
Monte di Grazia Rosso Campania IGT, Italy Campania IGT $21 68948
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