The most productive and easiest to grow of the different varietals that make up the recipe for the great fortified wines of Oporto in the Douro valley in Portugal. Tinta Barroca has a very thin and dark skin which allows it to impart color and alcohol to the port blend without adding too much in the way of tannins. This varietal is also used to make some non-fortified versions that can be elegant and aromatic, if always fruity. Also grown in South Africa for both fortified and dry versions. When grown in cooler climates or higher elevations Tinta Barroca can be quite aromatic and full of black cherries, black plums and purple flowers.