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Avesso

This white grape variety comes from Portugal. The name means "contrast" or "opposite", which is to be understood in a positive sense as "better" or "more alcoholic" than other varieties. Synonyms are Bornal, Bornão, Borracal Branco, Borral and Jaén Blanco de Andalucia. The variety was first mentioned in 1896 in the Vinho Verde area, so it is probably not a very old variety. The parentage is unknown. It must not be confused with the Cayetana Blanca (Avesso du Minho, Jaén Blanco) variety, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities. This early-maturing vine is sensitive to downy mildew. It produces alcohol-rich, fruity white wines with aromas of stone fruit. The variety is mainly cultivated in the Portuguese areas of Minho or Vinho Verde and Trás-os-Montes. In 2016, 699 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).

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