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The white grape variety originates from Portugal. Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Verdal, Verdelho Branco, Verdelho Branco dos Açores, Verdelho da Madeira, Verdelho dos Açores, Verdelho Pico (Portugal); Verdello no Peluda Finca Natero (Canary Islands). Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Chenin Blanc, Doçal (Verdelho Doce), Godello (Verdelho), Verdejo, Verdello or Verdicchio Bianco. The variety Verdelho Roxo is a colour mutation. The variety Verdelho Tinto, however, is independent. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2018, it originates from a presumably natural cross between Savagnin Blanc (Traminer) x unknown father variety. This refuted earlier assumptions that Verdelho was identical to the variety Verdicchio Bianco or a clone of the variety Chenin Blanc.

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