The white grape variety comes from Portugal. Synonyms (in bold the other main names) are Alva, Alva Branco, Alvadoro Alvaro, Alvaro de Soire, Alvaro de Sousa, Boal Cachudo, Coda, Códega , Códiga, Codo, Codo ou Síria, Colhão de Gallo, Dona Branca, Dona Branca do Dão, Graciosa, Gracioso, Malvasia Branca, Malvasia Grosso, Posto Branco, Roupeiro , Roupeiro Chachudo, Roupeiro de Alcobaca, Sabro, Tamarez d'Algarve ( Portugal ); Blanca de Monterre, Blanca Extra, Blanco del País, Chelva Blanca, Cigüente, Ciguentes, Crato Branco, Doña Blanca , Malvasia, Malvasia Blanca, Malvasia Castellana , Moza Fresca, Valenciana, Verdegudillo ( Spain ).
It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Côdega de Larinho. Dona Branca. Jampal. Malvasia Fina. Roupeiro Branco or Tamarez be confused. According to done in 2012 DNA analysis exists between Cayetana Blanca and Síria one Parent-offspring relationship, Another analysis in 2013 revealed that Síria is a presumably natural hybrid between To lift x unknown partner comes from. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see below molecular Genetics ). A cross between Malvasia Fina x Síria gave the variety Ratinho,
The first mention under the name Cigüente took place already in 1513 in Spain by the agronomist Gabriel Alonso de Herrera (1470-1539) and in Portugal under the name Alvaro de Sousa in 1531. Presumably, the exact origin of the variety in the vicinity of the municipality of Pinhel in northeastern Portugal can be found. The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is susceptible to both mildews and Botrytis, It produces white wines with moderate acidity and alcohol content as well as various aromas of linden, acacia, orange and bay leaves, which contribute to the oxidation tend. The variety is also called table grape used.
The variety is in Portugal in the fields of Douro and Beiras in the north to Alentejo and Algarve widespread in the south. The acreage here totaled 7,145 hectares. In Spain she is mainly in Galicia as well as in the Extremadura grown. In total, 753 hectares were reported here. The variety occupied in 2010 a total of 7,898 hectares of vineyards with extremely rising trend (ten years earlier, there were 2,791 hectares). It thus proved in the worldwide varieties ranking Rank 87 (Kym Anderson ).