Wine By Grape Variety | Alicante Bouschet

Wine made from the Alicante Bouschet Grape Variety at Hic!

Alicante Bouschet is a 'teinturier' (grapes whose flesh and juice are red in colour) grape variety widely planted in Spain, Portugal and France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The variety is a crossing of Petit Bouschet and Grenache and was first cultivated by viticulturalist Henri Bouschet in 1866. Originally designed as a blending grape to improve a wines depth of colour, Alicante Bouschet quickly became popular, not just for its intense colouring but for its generous yields.

Modern producers in Spain and in Portugal, are working hard to change people's perception of the grape variety and prove that, when grown properly, it is capable of making great wine that is fruity, fresh and balanced.