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Grape Variety: Malvasia fina

Variety Name Malvasia fina
Common Synonyms Boal, Boal Cachudo
All Synonyms Arinto do Dão, Arinto Galego, Arinto-Arinto, Assario, Assario Branco, Boal, Boal Cachudo, Boal Cachudo do Ribatejo, Boal da Madeira, Lagrima blanc, Malmsey, Malvasia Galega, Tinta Santarém
Countries of Origin Portugal
Species Vitis vinifera
Berry Color White
Uses Wine
Comments Malvasia is the name of an ancient and diverse family of grapes grown in southern Europe. Malvasia fina is a white grape that is used for blending. It is grown in the Dão and the Douro. The Portuguese white wine grape Boal is grown on the island of Madeira under the name Boal Cachudo. A recent analysis performed in Portugal confirmed that Boal Cachudo (Boal da Madeira) shares the same DNA profile as Malvasia fina of the Douro (6,53).

Malvasia fina Selections

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  Malvasia fina 02
Registration Status Registered Registered is the ultimate status in the California Department of Food & Agricultures Grapevine Registration & Certification Program. Registered selections have successfully completed all disease testing required by the regulations. Registered selections have also been confirmed as true to variety by experts using visual observations, DNA-based testing or both.
Source Oporto, Portugal
Treatments Heat treatment 62 days (1982); microshoot tip tissue culture therapy
Comments This selection came to Foundation Plant Services under the name Tinta Santarem in 1981 from the Cockburn Co., Tua (Douro) Oporto, Portugal. It was imported by Dr. Harold Olmo (Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis) for use in port wine. The material underwent heat treatment at FPS for 62 days in 1982. The selection also underwent microshoot tip tissue culture therapy around 2000. DNA testing at FPS in 2009 revealed that the plant material was Malvasia fina (syn. Boal Cachudo) rather than Tinta Santarem, which might not be a valid cultivar name in Portugal. The name of this selection was changed in 2010 to Malvasia fina. It successfully completed disease testing in 2011 and was released to the foundation vineyard in 2012.