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Galego Dourado

The white grape variety comes from Portugal. Synonyms are Dourada, Rutherglen Pedro (Australia); Assario, Carcavelos, Dourada, Dourado, Galego, Gallego, Moscato Galego Dourado, Olho de Lebre (Portugal); False Pedro, Pedro Luis (South Africa). In South Africa, it was erroneously introduced as Pedro Ximénez, which is the reason for the synonym False Pedro. Although it appears to have synonyms or morphological similarities, it should not be confused with the varieties Alvarinho, Cañocazo, Loureiro or Pedro Ximénez. Its parentage (parenthood), as well as whether there is a relationship with the red variety Galego Dourado Tinto, is not known. The early ripening vine is susceptible to both mildew and botrytis. It produces aromatic, alcohol-rich white wines, which are used for fortified sweet wines. A reactivation programme was started in 2004 for this almost extinct variety. It is cultivated in Portugal in the Carcavelos and Lisboa areas on 6 hectares. In Australia it occupies one hectare. In 2016, 7 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).

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