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Raffiat de Moncade

The white grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Arréfiat, Arrufiat, Raffiat, Refiat and Ruffiac. It must not be confused with the Arrufiac (Raffiat) variety, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities seem to indicate this. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2012, it is probably a natural cross between Gouais Blanc x Bouchalès. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular genetics). She was a crossing partner of the new breeds Agorra, Arriloba and Perdea. The medium maturing, high-yielding vine is susceptible to powdery mildew. It produces alcohol-rich, rather low-acid white wines with aromas of pears and apples. This rare variety is registered in the southwest of France in the areas of Béarn and Tursan. In 2010, seven hectares of vineyards were registered with a downward trend.

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

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