Varietal Properties and terroir-specific behaviour


First, within the context of the PLANSEL selection programme, grapevine propagation material of selected clones was planted in various different environmental conditions on the farm, and wherever possible, on several different rootstocks. The grape yield of these plants (some 100 per clone/rootstock combination) was statistically studied for up to 10 years. The study focussed on grape production (mean, mean deviation, asymmetry) and analysed the results in the laboratory, with the analyses for polyphenols, acids, and alcohol content being conducted by the University of Évora. The grapes were microvinified and tested by experts at Mitra, University of Évora (Colaço do Rosário).

Later, all test results were summarized, and an attempt was made to describe the regional and temporal stability of the properties of the different clones using joint regression analysis (João Tiago Mexias and Jola Pinto of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa). All experiments led to applications in dossier form being submitted to CNEVV (Comissão Nacional para o Exame de Variedades de Videira), the national grapevine variety cloning inspection commission.

Finally, in 2000, eight experimental units were created at Lagoa, Montemor, Reguengos, Licírias, Dois Portos, Leiria, Castelo Rodrigues, Régua and São João de Pesqueira. The location of each was chosen based on geoclimatic considerations. Propagation material came primarily from recognised clones of the grapevine varieties Aragonez (French, Spanish and Portuguese clones) and Touriga Nacional (PLANSEL and RNSV) and was selected according to statistical criteria (with 50 plants in each repetition). Using the joint regression technique, the regional relevance of the various clones was researched. It was surprising then that with the final tranche of the EU funding programme, the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture for the most part did not consider viticulture‑related projects, which meant that the plantations had been in vain and no terroir‑relevant statements on the differences between terroirs were possible.



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  • Tradition and renovation of grapevine varieties in the Alentejo viticultural region Hans Jörg Böhm, Colaço do Rosario; OIV Congress, Mainz, Germany (1999)
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  • Progress on the certification of grapevines in Portugal, Hans Jörg Böhm, Teresa Roque, Hélia Cardoso; Vida Rural, pages 22‑27 (June 2001)
  • Official certification of grapevine clones in Portugal, Hans Jörg Böhm, Teresa Roque, Hélia Cardoso; Vida Rural, pages 24‑27 (May 2001)