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Arinto

The white grape variety comes from Portugal, It has its origin after the second main name Arinto de Bucelas, probably from this area around Lisbon. Others are Assario Branco, Arintho, Arinto Cercial, Arinto d'Anadia, Arinto Galego, Arintho, Azal Espanhol, Boal Cachudo, Chapeludo, Pedernã, Terrantez da Terceira and Torrontés, The parentage is unknown. Despite apparently suggestive synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Arinto de Colares. Bical (Arinto de Alcobaça), Dorinto (Arinto do Douro), Folgasão. Terrantez da Terceira. Loureiro (Arinto Branco), Malvasia Fina (Arinto do Dão), Sercial (Arinto dos Açores) or Tamarez (Arinto Gordo) can be confused. To the red variety Tempranillo (Arinto Tinto) there is also no relationship. With the red variety Arinto Roxo however, it is a color mutation,

Arinto - grape and leaf

According to a non-verifiable hypothesis, the vine was imported to Portugal by German crusaders from the Rhine region in the Middle Ages. A relationship with the Riesling there are, however, according to those carried out in 1999 DNA analysis Not. However, there is a close relationship to the variety Trajadura, The red berry Arinto Roxo is a color mutation, The variety was first mentioned in 1712 under the name Arinto by the Portuguese wine author Vicêncio Alarte in his work "Agricultura das vinhas" (agriculture of the vineyards), which is considered the first treatise on this subject.

The late ripening variety is extremely resistant to heat and drought but susceptible to Botrytis, It produces acidic white wines with a citrus aroma that are somewhat similar to Riesling. The vine is used, among other things, in the Portuguese areas Alentejo. Beira Interior. Bucelas. Carcavelos. Douro. Ribatejo. Rios do Minho. Setúbal. Vinho Verde (under Pedernã) and on the Azores grown. In 2010 were in Portugal for the variety Arinto total of 4,446 hectares and for the variety Arinto Roxo 36 hectares reported rising. It thus demonstrated in the worldwide varieties ranking rank 119.

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : By Wines of Portugal, CC BY 3.0 , Link

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