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Cerceal Branco

The white grape variety comes from Portugal, Synonyms are Cercial, Cercial do Douro and Serceal. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological and name similarities must not be with the varieties Jampal or Sercial (Esgana Cão) can be confused. There are some varieties with different spellings. Some of these are independent varieties. According to in 2006 and 2007 DNA analysis there are the following findings (attention to "e" and "i" in the name):

  • Cerceal Branco by Dão: identical to Cercial in Bairrada and Cercial do Douro
  • Cercial von Bairrada: cross between Malvasia Fina x Sercial
  • Madeira Cercial (often referred to as Sercial): identical to Esgana Cão (Sercial)
  • Cercial by Pinhel: identical to Jampal
  • Cerceal and Cerceal de Jaes: synonyms for Sercial

The late-ripening vine is very susceptible to the wrong people mildew, to a lesser extent also for Botrytis and powdery mildew. It produces fresh, acidic white wines mainly for blending, which are also used for sparkling wine production. The variety is mainly in the field Douro, but also in the areas Alentejo. Bairrada. dão and Tejo grown. The Portuguese acreage in 2010 was 379 hectares.

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

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