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Vijariego

The white grape variety comes from Spain. Synonyms are Bujariego, De Diego, Diego, Verijadiego Blanco, Vijariego Blanco, Vijiriega Blanca, Vijiriega Común, Vijiriego and Vujariego. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it originates from a presumably natural cross between Hebén x unknown partner. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see molecular genetics). It was mentioned in 1807 under Vigiriega Común as a variety widely distributed in Andalusia. Already towards the end of the 15th century it was introduced to the Canary Islands together with the varieties Listán Prieto, Moscatel (possibly Muscat d'Alexandrie), Palomino and Torrontés. It is not a colour mutation of the Vijariego Negro (Sumoll) cultivated here. There is also no relation to the variety Chelva (Mantúo Vigiriego, Vigiriego Blanco). The medium to late-maturing, high-yielding vine is generally resistant to vine diseases. It produces acidic white wines that are well suited to sparkling wine production. In the Canary Islands, it is authorised in all DO wines. On the Spanish mainland, the variety is present in the Andalusian province of Granada and in the region of La Mancha. In 2016, a total of 369 hectares of vineyards were designated in Spain (Kym Anderson).

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