The most widely planted of Portuguese grape varieties, the Baga produces an intensely tannic red that can be either a wonder after several years of bottle age, or a wine that will never calm down no matter how long you wait. Aromas and flavors of both red and black currants are common. The best examples are called "Garrafeira" or "special reserve."
Although grown throughout Portugal the Baga grows best in the heavy clay of the Bairrada in the northern part of the country. The wines of Luis Pato are renowned in the region. Also known as the Tinta Fina, Tinta Bairrada, and in France as the Grand Noir.