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The white grape variety comes from Portugal. The verbally horned name referring to the elongated grape shape means "cat tail" (Rabo de Gato), some synonyms also mean "monkey tail" or "sheep tail". Synonyms are Alva, Baldsena, Carrega Besta, Estreito, Estreito Macios, Muscatel Brava, Muscatel Bravo, Não Há, Rabigato Respigueiro, Rabisgatos, Rabo de Asno, Rabo de Carneiro, Rabo de Gato, Rodrigo Affonso, Rodrigo Alfonso ( Portugal ); Puesta en Cruz ( Spain ). Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Donzelinho Branco. Fernão Pires (with the synonym Maria Gomes), Malvasia Fina or Rabo de Ovelha (with the synonym Rabigato). According to 2011 DNA analysis there is a genetic connection with the variety Tinta Francisca, The early to medium maturing vine is susceptible to both mildews and Botrytis, It produces alcoholic and acidic white wines with aromas of lemon and orange blossom as well as subtle nutmeg that are used as waste. The variety was first mentioned in 1771. It is mainly used in Douro Valley grown; there are also smaller stocks in the area Vinho Verde The area under cultivation in 2010 was 1,273 hectares.

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

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