Portugieser is a very old variety that probably originates in the Danube Valley (not in Portugal).
This fruitful, early-ripening grape yields mild, light, easy-to-enjoy wines. A good portion of the annual crop is vinified as Weißherbst (rosé), yet even the red wines are fairly pale in colour.
While in the Pfalz most of Germany's Portugieser vines are cultivated, there is a considerable amount of this grape grown in Rheinhessen. Also, it is a very important variety in the Ahr as well. From 6,700 ha in 1970 to 3,000 ha in 2017 the number of its winegrape area has decreased extremely. However, Portugieser is still the third most planted grape in Germany.