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The white grape variety comes from Portugal. The verballhornte name referring to the elongated grape form means "cat's tail" (Rabo de Gato), some synonyms suggest with "monkey tail" or "Schafsschwanz" also on it. Synonyms include 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 ). It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Donzelinho Branco. Fernão Pires (with synonym Maria Gomes), Malvasia Fina or Rabo de Ovelha (be synonymous with Rabigato). According to 2011 were done DNA analysis there is a genetic link with the species Tinta Francisca, The early to mid-seasoning vine is prone to both mildews and Botrytis, It produces alcoholic and acidic white wines with aromas of lemons and orange blossom as well as subtle nutmeg that are used as a blend. The variety was first mentioned in 1771. She is mainly in the Douro Valley grown; There are also smaller stocks in the area Vinho Verde.The acreage in 2010 was 1,273 hectares.

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

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