The white grape variety originates from Spain. Synonyms are Blanca Extra, Clairette Blanche, Picapoll and Picapolla Blanca. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2006, the long-standing assumption that it is identical to the French variety Piquepoul Blanc was refuted. Moreover, it is not a colour mutation of Picapoll Negro (synonym of Piquepoul Noir). The DNA profiles of Piacapoll Blanco and the French variety Clairette are very similar (ex Wine Grapes), possibly even identical (ex VIVC catalogue). The late-ripening vine yields floral white wines with moderate acidity and aromas of grapefruit and herbs. Already mentioned in the 16th century, the variety is permitted in Catalonia in the areas of Alella, Empordà, Pla de Bages and Priorato. It is mainly used for young wines (jovenes). In 2016, 40 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson statistics).
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