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The Trajadura Grape


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About Trajadura

(Synonyms: Treixadura)

Background

Map showing  Iberia (Portugal and Spain)

Trajadura is a white-wine grape originating in Portugal, but also grown considerably in Spain, where it is known as Treixadura. Though it has long been primarily used (in both nations) as a blending grape, the number of monovarietal bottlings is increasing as new winemakers discover the grape’s full potential.

When vinified as a monovarietal, it seems to produce pleasing wines of some distinction and character, with aromas and flavors of peach and other tree fruit (such as apples), with a light overlay of citrus (orange is often mentioned). One of the foremost new makers championing this grape makes a wine that eminent critic Jancis Robinson described thus:

[V]ery appetising with a rather smoky nose and some citrus notes, athough it is definitely bigger and less nervy than a typical Godello. There was substantial fruit on the mid palate without a lot of alcohol – just 13%…There is excellent balance of fruit and acidity and this very well made wine with a good, punchy finish, is bone dry.

Though the grape is more grown in Portugal, it seems to be the Spanish winemakers who are most interested in monovarietal versions: a monovarietal Trajadura is rather less common than a monovarietal Treixadura. Unfortunately, the U.S. seems far behind, say, the U.K. in importing the new generation of monovarietal wines from this grape; there are not many available at all (despite there being quite a few made), and what few there are to be found take some searching out. But, by report, it is worth the effort.

Factoid: In Spain’s Ribeiro region, Treixadura grapes are used to make a distinctive sweet wine known as “Tostado del Ribeiro”; you can read more about it at the Taste of Galicia site.

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Some Descriptions of Trajadura Wines

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Some Trajaduras to Try

(About this list.)

We had to flex a little on our “availability” criterion to get even these few listings. As we noted above, this is not a grape type yet popular in the U.S.


Coto de Gomariz “La Flor y La Abeja” ("The Flower and the Bee") Treixadura

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Bodegas Viña Mein Blanco
(This is their basic bottling, not any of their named bottlings. It is a blend that is typically 80% Treixadura plus several other local grape types.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



O’Ventosela “Gran Leiriña” Treixadura
(This is not their “Viña Leiriña Blanco” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We found no Trajadura or Treixadura wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a ”splurge“ price.

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