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Fernao Pires

Fernao Pires
Fernão Pires is an aromatic light-skinned white grape variety native to the southern part of Portugal. Fernão Pires is a vastly used family name and the grape should have been named after an unknown Fernão Pires, as well the second most used synonym of the grape is Maria Gomes, which is also a very popular family name in the country. It is a very versatile grape variety mostly producing dry refreshing white wines but also can be the base for sparkling wines and sweet wines. Typical characteristics of the Fernão Pires are lemon, lime and orange with a hint of spice, and the more complex expressions can show more honey and mineral flavours, especially as they age. The grape is largely planted in the wine regions of Lisboa, Alentejo and Vinho Verde. The grape makes good varietal wines but is commonly used in white wine blends with Arinto. Outside, Portugal is to be found in small quantities in South Africa and Australia.

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