The white grape variety comes from Spain. Synonyms are Albilla, Albilla Mayor, Albillo (see there all Albillo varieties), Blanco del País, Monastrell Blanco, Pardina, Picadillo, Picadillo Blanco, Turruntes, Turruntes de la Rioja and Torrontés. It must not be confused with the varieties Albillo de Albacete, Albillo Real, Calagraño or Cayetana Blanca (Pardina), despite synonyms or morphological similarities which may appear to indicate this. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, Albillo Mayor is one of the many direct descendants of the leading variety Hebén; the second parent is unknown. A parent-offspring relationship with the Doradilla variety has also been established. The variety Tempranillo is the result of a presumably natural cross between Albillo Mayor and Benedicto.
This early-ripening, low-yielding vine is resistant to drought and powdery mildew, but is sensitive to botrytis and downy mildew, as well as late spring frosts. It produces golden yellow, alcohol-rich, fleshy white wines with medium acidity and fruity aromas. The area under cultivation in Spain is 1,312 hectares of vineyards, mainly in Castile and Leon. There are also small stocks overseas in Chile (0.5 ha) and Peru (7 ha). In 2010, a total of 1,319 hectares of vineyard area were designated (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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