It is one of the most cosmopolitan Portuguese grape varieties, growing up from Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro to the Algarve. The bunch of grapes is medium to large. The grape berries are medium with thick skin. The maturation is medium.
When it's harvested at its great state of ripeness, produces wines with intense red color, aromas of very ripe black fruits, with a soft and harmonious flavor.