Fernão Pires

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Fernão Pires
Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skin Blanc
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called See list of synonyms
Origin Portugal
Notable regions Tejo, Bairrada

Fernão Pires is a white Portuguese wine grape grown throughout Portugal but most notable in the Tejo (just north-east of Lisbon) and Bairrada (about 50miles south of Porto) 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, accessed 2011-05-02