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Zalema

The white grape variety comes from Spain. Synonyms are Del Pipajo, Ignobilis, Perruna, Rebazo, Salemo, Torrontés de Montilla, Zalemo and Zalemo Rebazo. It must not be confused with the Perruno (synonym Perruna) or Torrontés varieties, even if the synonyms or morphological similarities seem to indicate this. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2018, it comes from a presumably natural cross between Hebén x unknown partner. Nothing is known about a possible relationship with the white variety Zalema Fina (Grazalema) or the red variety Zalema Tinta. The late maturing, high-yielding vine is resistant to drought. It produces light, neutral tasting white wines that tend to oxidize. These are processed into sherry-like wines. The variety is cultivated in Andalusia mainly in the province Huelva as well as also in the area Montilla-Moriles. There it is displaced increasingly by more high-quality sorts as for example Palomino. In the year 2016, a total of 4,015 hectares were designated with decreasing tendency. This puts it in 131st place in the worldwide grape variety ranking (Kym Anderson).

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