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The white grape variety comes from Spain. Synonyms are Blanca Pequene, Marisancho, Parda, Pardilla, Pardillo de Madrid, Parill Blanco and Temprana Media. Until 2009 the official name was Pardilla, which often caused confusion. This is because Pardilla is also a synonym for Pardina, which is not a separate variety, but rather the name of Cayetana Blanca, which is common in the province of Bajadoz (Extremadura). Pardillo should also not be confused with the morphologically similar variety Albillo Real. This late-ripening, high-yielding vine is susceptible to botrytis, but resistant to drought. It produces high alcohol content white wines. In Spain, especially in La Mancha, the variety occupied a total of 4,364 hectares of vineyards in 2010, with a sharply declining trend (ten years earlier it was 7,272 hectares). This puts it in 120th place in the worldwide grape variety ranking.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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