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Rabo de Ovelha

The white grape variety comes from Portugal. The name means "sheep's tail" and indicates the shape of the grapes. Synonyms are Rabigato, Rabo de Ovelha Branco, Rabo de Ovelha de Colares - listed as independent in the VIVC catalog, Rabo de Ovella ( Portugal ); Fernan Piriz ( Spain ). In spite of morphological No similarities to the variety Rabigato (Rabo de Gato = cat tail) can be confused. It is also none mutation of the red variety Negramoll (Rabo de Ovelho Tinto). According to DNA analysis there is one Parent-offspring relationship with the Spanish variety Cayetana Blanca as well as with the Portuguese variety Vital, The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to real ones mildew. Botrytis and water stress but resistant to Verrieseln, It produces aromatic, alcohol-rich white wines, which are mostly used as a blend. The variety is in the fields Alentejo and Beiras grown. The area under cultivation in 2010 was 908 hectares with a strongly falling trend (ten years earlier it had been 2,330 hectares).

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

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