Criolla Chica

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Criolla Chica is the Argentine name for the Listán Prieto of Spain, the pais of Chile, the mission of California, and the Negra Corriente of peru. It is thought to be descended from the seeds of grapes, presumably well raisined after their voyage under sail across the Atlantic, imported by the Spanish conquistadores, possibly as early as the 16th century (see south america). Criolla Chica was planted on just 423 ha/1,045 acres in 2011 and is therefore much less common in Argentina than the other pink-skinned grape varieties criolla grande and cereza. Its wine is generally paler but slightly better quality.