This grape variety is primarily grown and cultivated in the inland areas of Tras-os-Montes in the north of Portugal and leads to further south past the region of Douro where this grape variety is also addressed as Codega.
This grape variety is pale as to its color, but it produces the wines which are high in terms of their content of alcohol. The vines of this white wine grape variety are best suited and grown in the elevated areas of Portugal, especially the areas of the Beiras region.
In this particular region, the grape of this variety is made into some very good wines, especially from the southern Alentejo DOC.
In all the regions where this white wine grape is planted and cultivated, this grape is considered to be a grape of very high quality, when it is compared to several other grapes.
The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are not specifically suited to the concept of cellaring.
This wine is very much prone to premature oxidation and therefore the best option would be to consume the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety right upon its release.
The vines of this white wine grape variety offers high yields, but at the same time these vines are considered as very much prone to rotting.
The good news is that these vines are very much resistant to the regular grape diseases such as powdery mildew and are often saved by their harmful attack.
This grape variety is considered to be a highly recommended variety of grape in almost all the sub-regions as a result of its high yields.
Thus, because of this the use of this white wine grape variety is also carried out in the preparation of various DOCs.
This white wine grape variety is also known under a number of synonyms such as Alva, Crato Branco, Coda Pinhel, Codega, Siria and many others, depending on the regions where it is grown and plated.
Not a lot of information has been known as to the origin of this white wine grape variety. A vast genetic variability suggests that this white wine grape variety has been grown in the region of the Portugal for a very long time and thus it is a native to the same.
The geographical distribution of this white wine grape variety is a little singular and it extends down a long and a narrow strip from north of Portugal to the south.
It also finds a little production on the borders of Spain. In the 1980s, this white wine grape variety was referred to as the most representative variety of white wine grape in the region of Alentejo.
The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety share a love-hate relationship with the wine lovers.
For some it is a lovely wine while other wine lovers simply hate it. All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are considered as very aromatic in nature.
These wines have perfumed as well as seductive notes of orange and citrus. These citrus flavors are later accompanied by the hints of melon, laurel, peach, and melon as well as forest flowers.
The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are considered to be good in terms of its alcohol and they entertain a light acidity.
The taste of the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety may sometimes be like honey as well.
The pleasing aromatic lifts of these wines are considered as their forte. These wines are best served when chilled.
Because of all its characteristics, the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are paired with various light dishes.
These wines go well with a vegetable salad, white asparagus risotto, and warm broccoli salad with tahini. These wines also go well with a famous Italian ingredient called Piri-Piri.
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