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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 in the VIVC catalog as independent, Rabo de Ovella ( Portugal ); Fernan Piriz ( Spain ). She may despite morphological Similarities not with the variety Rabigato (Rabo de Gato = cat's tail). It is also no mutation the red variety Negramoll (Rabo de Ovelho Tinto). According to DNA analysis exists 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 prone to real mildew. Botrytis and water stress, but resistant to Verrieseln, It produces aromatic, high-alcohol white wines, which are mostly used as a blend. The variety is in the fields Alentejo and Beiras grown. The acreage in 2010 was 908 hectares with a strong downward 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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