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Verdelho is a light-skinned white grape variety ones largely planted in the Madeira Island of Portugal famous for fortified wines made there, and also gives its name to one of the four main types of Madeira wine. It is early ripening vine susceptible to botrytis and trickle, slightly less susceptible to powdery and downy mildew, but resistant to drought, overall not an easy grape variety to grow. The Verdelho has aromatic character, crisp and rich structure, usually with apricot and spicy notes. The grape has found a second home in Australia with the best expression in Western Australia and the Hunter Valley. Verdelho is also used in blends with Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Chenin Blanc producing some very complex and elegant wines. It is planted as well in the United States where is becoming more and more popular.

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