Portugieser wines are uncomplicated, fruity, and fresh - easy drinking for everyday enjoyment. Because they aren't overly tannic, they're ready to drink during the spring after the harvest. There are no conclusive findings on the origin of the grape, but it made its way from Austria to Germany in the 19th century.
In terms of vineyard area, Portugieser is the third most important red wine grape of Germany, after Spätburgunder and Dornfelder. The nearly 4,100 hectacres planted with Portugieser, or 4% of the country's vineyard area, are concentrated in the Pfalz, Rheinhessen, and the Ahr. In all, the number of plantings has slightly declined in recent years.