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Rabo de Ovelha

The white grape variety originates from Portugal. The name means "sheep's tail" (lamb's tail) and refers to the typical shouldered grape shape. Synonyms are Lämmerschwanz, Fernan Piriz, Medóc, Rabigato, Rabigato dos Vinhos Verdes, Rabo del Ovelho Branco and Rabo de Ovella. Despite morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the Rabigato variety (Rabo de Gato = Cattail). It is not a mutation of the red variety Negramoll (Rabo de Ovelho Tinto), but the parentage (parentage) is unknown. The medium to late maturing vine is susceptible to powdery mildew, botrytis and water stress, but resistant to coulure. It produces aromatic, alcohol-rich white wines that are mostly used as blends. The variety is grown in the Alentejo and Beiras areas. In 2016, 563 hectares of vines were reported, with an extremely sharp downward trend; in 2010, the figure was 908 hectares (Kym Anderson).

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