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Malvasia Fina

The white grape variety comes from Portugal. It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with part of the name Malvasia (see there in detail). Synonyms alphabetically grouped by country are Boal de Graciosa, Terrantez do Pico ( Azores, Portugal); Boal, Boal da Madeira ( Madeira, Portugal); Arinto do Dão, Assario, Assario Branco, Boal Branco, Boal Cachudo, Boal Cachudo do Ribatejo, Cachudo, False Clairette, Galego, Lagrima Blanc, Malvasia Galega ( Portugal ); Gual ( Canary Islands - Spain); Terrantes do Pico, Torrontés ( Spain ).

Especially the often used synonym Boal is the cause of frequent confusion. Despite apparently suggestive synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties Arinto. Dona Branca. Folgasão. Rabigato. Ratinho (Crossing Malvasia Fina x Síria), Sémillon. Síria or Terrantez do Pico be confused. According to 2013 DNA analysis it comes from a presumably natural cross between To lift x Alfrocheiro, However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics ). The pink berry Malvasia Fina Roxa is a color mutation, Malvasia Fina is a parent of the varieties Boal Espinho and Vital,

Malvasia Fina - grape and leaf

It is a very old grape variety with a lot of names. The current main name Malvasia Fina was only established in 2000. The early ripening vine is moderately susceptible to the wrong people mildew and Botrytis, as well as stronger for powdery mildew. It also tends to Verrieseln, The variety produces alcohol-rich white wines with moderate acidity and diverse aromas. These demonstrate oxidative expansion the typical madeirisierten Sound on. The wines are also used very often for the production of sparkling wines.

The high quality variety is in the DOC areas Beira Interior. dão. Douro ( port wine ) Lagos and Távora-Varosa, as well as in many country wine areas such as in the region Algarve and on the Azores grown. There is also a small stock in Madeira under Boal. The Portuguese acreage in 2010 totaled 2,930 hectares. In Spain under Gual she will be on the Canary Islands grown. There is also a small inventory in Uruguay, In 2010, the variety occupied a total of 3,416 hectares with a downward trend (ten years earlier it was 7,102 hectares). It documents worldwide varieties ranking Rank 137.

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

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