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Arinto

The white grape comes from Portugal, It has its origin after the second main name Arinto de Bucelas presumably 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. The vine may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match 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). To the red variety Tempranillo (Arinto Tinto) There is also no relationship. At the red variety Arinto Roxo however, it is a color mutation,

Arinto - grape and leaf

According to an unverifiable hypothesis, the vine is said to have been imported into Portugal by German crusaders from the Rhine area in the Middle Ages. A long time suspected relationship to Riesling However, there are according to 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 writer Vicêncio Alarte in his work "Agricultura das vinhas" (agriculture of the vineyards), which is the first treatise on this subject.

The late ripening variety is extremely resistant to heat and drought but vulnerable to Botrytis, It produces acidic white wines with a citrus aroma, which are somewhat similar to Riesling. The vine is among others 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 and rising reported. It thus proved in the worldwide varieties ranking the rank 119.

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

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