Tinta Barroca is a dark thick-skinned red grape variety native to Douro Valley wine region of Portugal. Its fame comes from the grape's usage in the Port wine blend together with Touriga National, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). It is very suitable for Port wine production due to high sugar levels and correspondingly high potential alcohol. When produced as a monovarietal it gives colourful, alcohol-rich and rustic red wines with aromas of cherry and blackberry. Tinta Barroca has found a second home in the southern parts of South Africa, where it creates deep, super-ripe, high-alcohol wines which have emerged into something of a trademark style of the country with more than 6000 ha plantings. It is as well often blended with the Pinotage grape variety to form sweet fortified wines of great complexity and ageing potential.