The red grape variety comes from Spain. Synonyms are Gorda, Tinta Gorda(Portugal); Cojón de Gato, Malvasía Negra, Mencía Gorda, Mouratón, Negreda Preta, Negrera, Négron de Aldán, Nepada, Tinta Negreda, Villarino(Spain). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, this is a presumably natural cross between Cayetana Blanca x Alfrocheiro. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see molecular genetics). In spite of apparently indicative synonyms or morphological similarities, it should not be confused with the varieties Aramon Noir, Malvasia Nera di Brindisi (Malvasía Negra), Mencía, Petit Bouschet (Négron de Aldán) or Tempranillo. The early ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis and powdery mildew. It produces fruity, dark red wines with moderate alcohol content and herbal aromas. The variety is cultivated in the Castile and Leon region, mainly in the province of Zamora. The Spanish cultivated area is 1,572 hectares. In Portugal, it is cultivated in the Beiras and Trás-os-Montes areas on 135 hectares of vineyards. In 2010, a total of 1,707 hectares of vines were planted (Kym Anderson statistics).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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