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Garnacha Peluda

The red grape variety originates from Spain and belongs to the Garnacha group. Synonyms are Garnatxa Peluda, Grenache d'Afrique, Grenache Noir Tomenteux, Grenache Poilu, Grenache Velu, Lladoner Pelud, Lladoner Pelut and Lledoner Pelut. It is a somatic mutation of Garnacha Tinta. The difference is the furry, hairy undersides of the leaves (peludo = furry, heavily hairy), which delays evaporation. It is less susceptible to trickle and downy mildew. The variety has smaller, thicker-skinned berries and produces red wines that are more acidic but lighter in alcohol than Garnacha Tinta. It is cultivated in Spain in the regions of Castile-León, Catalonia and La Mancha on 504 hectares. It is mostly used here as a blending partner with the two varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. In France, it is permitted in the Languedoc appellations of Corbières, Faugères, Minervois and Saint-Chinian, and in the Roussillon appellations of Côtes du R oussillon and Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, where it occupies 394 hectares. In 20160, a total of 898 hectares of vines were reported, with a strong downward trend (Kym Anderson statistics).

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