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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Spanish and Portuguese for red, so that vino (vinho in Portuguese) tinto is red wine (as opposed to the lighter red clarete produced in Spain). This is the origin of name of the red wine once known in England as tent.

Like tinta, Tinto is also the first word of many Spanish and Portuguese names and synonyms for black grape varieties. tempranillo, for example, is known as Tinto Fino in Ribero del Duero.