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Azal Branco

The white grape comes from Portugal, Synonyms include Asal, Asal Branco, Azal, Azal da Lixa, Carvalha, Carvalhal, Espinheira, Gadelhudo and Pinheira. It may be based on common synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Amaral (Azal Tinto) or Alvarinho (Azal Blanco). According to DNA analysis Azal is closely related to the Portuguese varieties Arinto. Loureiro and Trajadura, The descent (parenthood) is unknown. The late-ripening vine is prone to the real and fake mildew, as Botrytis, It produces fresh, acidic white wines with aromas of lemons and green apples. The variety is mainly in the fields Beiras. Douro and Rios do Minho or. Vinho Verde grown. In 2010, 1,072 hectares of vineyards were reported with strong declining trend.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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