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Cerceal branco

The white grape variety comes from Portugal. Synonyms are Cerceal, Cerceal du Douro, Cerceo, Cercial, Cercial do Douro and Cercial du Dão. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2020, it is probably a natural cross between Malvasia Fina (white) and Tinta Pereira (red). Although it appears to have synonyms or morphological and name similarities, it should not be confused with Cercial (Cerceal Branco), Jampal (Cercial) or Sercial (Cerceal). The late ripening vine is very susceptible to downy mildew and, to a lesser extent, to botrytis and powdery mildew. It produces fresh, acidic white wines mainly for blending, which are also used for the production of sparkling wine. The variety is grown mainly in the Douro area, but also in the Alentejo, Bairrada, Dão and Tejo areas. In 2016, 261 hectares of vineyard area were declared in Portugal (statistics Kym Anderson).

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