Fernão Pires

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Fernão Pires
Grape (Vitis)
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Color of berry skinBlanc
SpeciesVitis vinifera
Also calledSee list of synonyms
Notable regionsTejo, Bairrada
Formation of seedsComplete
Sex of flowersHermaphrodite
VIVC number4100

Fernão Pires is a white Portuguese wine grape grown throughout Portugal, especially in the Tejo and Bairrada, where it is also known as "Maria Gomes". This variety is known to produce wines with a spicy aromatic character,[1] though often with delicate exotic fruity notes. Generally not expected to be a long-living wine, this wine is best drunk in its infancy or matured for up to 2 or 3 years. Outside of Portugal there are some significant plantings in South Africa.[2]


Fernão Pires is also known under the synonyms Camarate, Fernam Pires, Fernan Piriz, Fernão Pirão, Fernao Pires, Fernão Pires do Beco, Gaeiro, Gaieiro, Maria Gomes, and Molinha.[3]

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  1. ^ [1] Wine-Searcher.com
  2. ^ J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Wine Course Third Edition pg 109 Abbeville Press 2003 ISBN 0-7892-0883-0
  3. ^ "FERNAO PIRES". Vitis International Variety Catalogue VIVC. Julius Kühn-Institut - Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI), Institute for Grapevine Breeding - Geilweilerhof (ZR). August 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-23.