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The white grape variety comes from Portugal. The name means "laurel" and refers to the taste of the berries. Synonyms are Amarnate, Arinto, Arinto Branco, Branco Redondo, Branco Redondos, Dourado, Loureiro Blanco, Loureiro Branco ( Portugal ); Loureira, Loureira Blanca, Marqués, Marquez ( Spain ); Rutherglen Pedro. Despite seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological She may not share similarities with the varieties Arinto (Arinto de Bucelas) or Galego Dourado (Rutherglen Pedro). According to done in 2013 DNA analysis it comes from a presumably natural crossing between Amaral x Branco Escola, However, this is based on only 17 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics ). For the supposition, whether it is the Spanish variety Loureiro Tinto to a color mutation acts (or vice versa), as well as if it is a kinship relationship to the variety Mencia (Loureiro Tinto) gives no genetic evidence.

Loureiro - grape and leaf

The early-ripening, high-yielding vine is prone to fungal diseases (true and false mildew such as Botrytis ). It produces white wines with aromas of laurel, orange, acacia and apple, often with the varieties Arinto and Trajadura be blended. It will be in Portugal in the northern regions Douro. Estremadura. Ribatejo and (as the second most important variety) Vinho Verde, as well as on the Azores grown. The Portuguese acreage amounts to 3,469 hectares. In Spain It is mainly in the region Galicia cultivated on 585 hectares of vineyards and is there in the fields Rías Baixas. Ribeira Sacra and Ribeiro authorized. The acreage in 2010 totaled 4,054 hectares. The variety thus occupied in the world varieties ranking the rank 125th

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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