It is likely that this red wine was brought from countries of the Danube region such as Austria or Hungary. More controversial is the wine’s origins. The name might indicate its origin from Portugal or Spain but there are no historical records proving this thesis. Portugieser or Portugieser Weißherbst was cultivated the first time in the territory of the town of Bad Dürkheim in 1860. Today, the Palatinate is the number one region for Portugieser cultivation in Germany.
Most of the harvested grapes are used for rosé wine, which is produced with a specific pressing technique. Rosé wines are well-known for their salmon color and are often served as summer wines. Portugieser rosé is characterized by its simple composition with low acidity and light flavor.
Portugieser grapes have an average size with an oval shape and a color is from plum-blue to light-grey. Their flavor is often described as black currants, strawberries and sometimes green peppers, and it is supposed to fit to light dishes.