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Pedral

The red grape variety comes from the Iberian Peninsula. Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Pedral Noir (France); Alvarinho Tinto, Cainho dos Milagres, Cainho Espanhol, Dozal, Padral, Pardal, Pégudo, Perna de Perdiz (Portugal); Castelão, Pedrol, Verdejo Colorado (Spain). It must not be confused with the Baga, Periquita (Castelão Francês) or Rufete varieties, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities appear to indicate this. According to DNA analyses, the variety Verdejo Colorado, which was formerly considered independent, is identical. It is not a colour mutation of the white variety Verdejo. However, the exact parentage (parenthood) is unknown. The late maturing vine produces colourful, low-alcohol red wines for mostly blends. In Portugal, it is represented on 4 hectares in the area of Rios do Minho, where it is permitted in red Vinho Verde. In Spain, it is cultivated in Galicia, where it is authorised in the Rías Baixas area, on 76 hectares. In 2016, a total of 80 hectares of vineyards were registered, with a decreasing trend (Kym Anderson).

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