Azal branco

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Azal branco
Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skin White
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called See list of synonyms
Origin Portugal
Notable regions Vinho Verde

Azal branco is a white Portuguese wine grape[1] planted primarily in the Minho region. It noted for the high acidity of its wines, and is used for white Vinho Verde.[2] Varietal Azal Branco wines can be somewhat reminiscent of Riesling.

Total Portuguese plantations are around 5,100 hectares (13,000 acres), which makes it the second-most planted grape variety of Minho, after Loureiro.[3]


Azal branco is also known under the synonyms Asal branco, Asal da Lixa, Azal bianco, Azal da Lixa, Carvalha, Carvalhal, Es Pinheira, Gadelhudo, and Pinheira.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Azal branco, Vitis International Variety Catalogue, accessed on June 27, 2010
  2. ^ J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Wine Course Third Edition pg 100 Abbeville Press 2003 ISBN 0-7892-0883-0
  3. ^ Jancis Robinson, ed. (2006). "Azal branco". Oxford Companion to Wine (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-19-860990-6.