OTHER NAMES: abelleiro (Spain-Galicia), alvarinho (Portugal), galego (Portugal), galeguiño (Portugal).
This is the most widely cultivated white grape in Galicia. It predominates above all in the Rías Baixas area, since it achieves its maximum qualitative expression with the area’s climate and soil characteristics. In the Ribeiro, Monterrei and Ribeira Sacra areas, it is grown as a complementary variety.
The clusters are small, formed by small, spherical grapes, with dark-gold tones when ripe, it has remarkable fertility. Its Atlantic character is manifested in its early emergence, making it highly sensitive to spring frosts, and it needs moderate environmental conditions to ripen correctly.
It has a high sugar producing capacity, exceeding 12% by volume of alcohol. Its richness in acids, aromatic components and sapids is attained by very few varieties in the world. In the Rías Baixas are, it produces magnificent single-varietal wines and, blended with other native varieties, such as caíño blanco, treixadura or loureira, excellent blended wines. In other designations of origin, it is used as a complementary variety in blended wines.