Tinta Carvalha is the name for a black grape* from Portugal.

In spite of be­ing a work horse in the vine­yard with high yields, it will pro­duce rath­er un­in­ter­est­ing wines if vi­ni­fied as a va­ri­e­tal. High yields add to one of its ma­jor prob­lems, e.g. that it is a low acidity variety.

This, together with low tannin levels is probably the main reason for its use for blending with for example Tinta Roriz, e.g. Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and other local varieties.

Aromas and flavours are of light red fruit.

You might find dry varietal Tinta Carvalho wines, but they do not seem to reach the market, but has to be bought at the winery.

Food pairing
It is difficult to suggest a good pairing for a blend when you don’t know the proportions of the blend. In general, Duoro blends are nice with barbecued pork, lamb, or beef. Or maybe in a stew. The wine is best served at 14°C/57°F – 16°C/61°F.

Where is it grown?
Tinta Carvalha is reported to be grown only in Portugal, where it is the twenty-fourth most planted grape. It has plantings of 1.311 ha/3,240 ac, corresponding to a decrease of 32% in ten years.

This variety is likely to have originated in the Douro region or maybe a bit to north-east. Throughout history it has been mistaken for another local variety, Rufete, which has the name Tinta Carvalha as one of its synonyms. This makes it very difficult to be sure its age, as it cannot be verified which of the two varieties a text is pointing at.

*The name Tinta Carvalha is also used as a synonym for another variety (the Portuguese grape Rufete), which has no known connection to the grape presented here.