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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Godello, fine white grape variety native to north west Spain and northern Portugal rescued from near extinction in the 1980s and grown on more than 1,200 ha/2,964 acres of north west Spanish vineyard by 2011. As Godello it is responsible for well-structured, tense dry whites in valdeorras, although dna profiling suggested that it is identical to a Portuguese variety known as Gouveio in the Douro and also in Dão (where it used to be known as Verdelho do Dão). Total plantings in Portugal were 675 ha in 2012, rather more than of the distinct gouveio real.