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Grape (Vitis)
Xarel lo Cava grapes.jpg
Xarel·lo grapes
Color of berry skin White
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called See list of synonyms
Origin Spain
Pedigree parent 1 Hebén
Pedigree parent 2 Brustiano faux
Notable regions Catalonia
Notable wines Cava
Formation of seeds Complete
Sex of flowers Hermaphrodite
VIVC number 13270

Xarel·lo or Xarello (Catalan pronunciation: [ʃəˈɾɛlːu]) is a white grape variety of Spanish origin specially grown in Catalonia. With Macabeu and Parellada, is one of the three traditional varieties used to make the sparkling wine Cava. Spanish plantations stood at 8,750 hectares (21,600 acres) in 2004,[1] Xarel·lo wine can be strongly flavored, and is more aromatic than the other two Cava grape varieties.[1]


Xarel·lo is also known under the following synonyms:[2] Cartoixa, Cartuja, Cartuxa, Moll, Pansa, Pansa Blanca, Pansal, Pansalat, Pansalet, Pansar, Pensal, Prensa Branco, Vinate, Vinyater and Xarelo Blanco.


  1. ^ a b Jancis Robinson, ed. (2006). "Xarel-lo". Oxford Companion to Wine (Third ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 777. ISBN 0-19-860990-6.
  2. ^ "XARELLO". Vitis International Variety Catalogue VIVC. Julius Kühn-Institut - Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI), Institute for Grapevine Breeding - Geilweilerhof (ZR). August 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-22.