The white grape variety originates from Spain and belongs to the group of Garnacha varieties (see there General and Ancestry). Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Grenache Blanc, Rool Grenache, Silla Blanc, Sillina Lanc (France); Alicant Belyi, Gkrenas Mplan, Grenash Beli, Grenash Belyi, Grenash Bjal (former Yugoslavia); Belan, Belon (Croatia, Northern Macedonia); Alicante Blanca, Bernacha Blanca, Garnacha, Garnacho Blanco, Garnatxa, Garnatxa Blanca, Lladanor Blanco, Sillina Lanc (Spain); Fehér Grenache (Hungary). It is a colour mutation of Garnacha Tinta with yellow-green berries. According to DNA analyses, it is not identical to the varieties Granaccia (synonym for Vernaccia di Oristano) and Cannonau Bianco (the red Cannonau is identical to Garnacha Tinta), which are found in Sardinia and are no longer cultivated.
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