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Loureiro

This white grape variety comes from Portugal. The name means "laurel" and refers to the taste of the berries. Synonyms are Amarnate, Arinto, Arinto Branco, Branco Redondo, Branco Redondos, Dourada, Dourado, Loureiro Blanco, Loureiro Branco (Portugal); Loureira, Loureira Blanca, Marqués, Marquez (Spain); Rutherglen Pedro. Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it should not be confused with the varieties Arinto (Arinto de Bucelas) or Galego Dourado (Rutherglen Pedro). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2020, it comes from a presumably natural cross between Amaral x Branco Escola. However, this is based on only 17 DNA markers (see Molecular genetics). Whether the Loureiro Tinto variety is a colour mutation (or vice versa), and whether there is a relationship to the Mencía variety (Loureiro Tinto), is not known.

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