Parellada

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Parellada
Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skin White
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called See list of synonyms
Origin Spain
Notable regions Catalonia
Notable wines Cava

Parellada (Catalan pronunciation: [pəɾəˈʎaðə]) is a white grape variety of Catalan origin specially grown in Catalonia. With Macabeu and Xarel·lo, is one of the three traditional varieties used to make the sparkling wine Cava, which is primarily produced in Catalonia. Besides its use in Cava, it is used mostly for blending in young white wines, although some more ambitious oaked blends with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc are also used. Spanish plantations stood at 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) in 2004,[1]

Its good acidity and freshness make these wines extremely suitable for the aperitif. A prime example of this is the micro-distilled Obsello Absinthe which, in addition to being produced in the same region, uses the wine of these grapes in its base spirit.[2]

Synonyms[edit]

Parellada is also known under the following synonyms:[3] Martorella, Montonec, Montonech, Montonega, Montoneo, Montonero, Montonet, Parellada blanc, Perelada and Perellada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jancis Robinson, ed. (2006). "Parellada". Oxford Companion to Wine (Third Edition ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 506. ISBN 0-19-860990-6. 
  2. ^ Q&A: Obsello Absenta
  3. ^ Vitis International Variety Catalogue: Parellada, accessed on December 18, 2009