Alarije is an old grape variety from the Extremadura in the southwest part of Spain which is known for different aliases.
A number of authors including the growers of Cañamero in the province of Extremadura, Alarije Dorado and Alarije Verdoso are two distinct varieties of Alarije.
However, based from the DNA profiling, they certainly demonstrate that the two grape varieties are clonal variations of Alarije.
Alarije was first mentioned in1448, in the article Libro de Oficios of the Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Guadalupe as the primary white grape variety in the southwest part of Spain – Extremadura.
Gabriel Alonzo described Alarije under the synonym Alarize in the year 1513 and said that the grapes are reddish and bees like and eat a lot.
Even though Alarije has many synonyms related to Malvasia, genetically it is different from the real Malvasias found in other Spanish wine regions.
In the place of Madrid, Alarije is called as Torrontes or Turrontes but in the DNA profiling, results were confusing because it was shown that Torrontes is also the name for Arinto, Dona Branca, Fernao Pires and Malvasia Pina.
Characteristics of Alarije Wines
The Alarije grape variety is most supported and grown in different areas of the Extremadura specifically in the Cañamero located in the northeast of the region.
Wines made from this grape variety are yellowish green and have the tendency to oxidize so they can become golden as they age. They are also well suited to oak but they are also used to create fortified wines
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