Boal Branco

Boal Branco, also called Malvasia Fina, is a Portuguese white grape variety that is mainly grown in the Madeira archipelago and all over the mainland Portugal. Boal Branco is the basis of Dão whites in Portugal. The variety often produces wines that are high in alcohol but lack acidity.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Boal Branco produces medium-sized, yellow-green berries with an average bunch weight of 250-400 g. Its wines are full bodied and have a rich, honeyed flavour with aromas of tropical fruits, nuts, caramel, and spices.

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Regional Features & Food Pairings

Boal Branco is mainly grown in the Madeira archipelago, particularly on the island of Madeira. It is also widely grown in the Azores and mainland Portugal. Boal Branco is an early-ripening variety that requires careful management for successful cultivation. It has a high resistance to drought and disease, and is particularly well suited to hot Mediterranean climates. The winemaking process for Boal Branco involves controlled fermentation and long ageing in oak barrels. Boal Branco is used to produce a range of styles of fortified wines in Madeira, including dry and sweet styles. In the Azores, it is used to make a range of dry and sweet wines. On the mainland, Boal Branco is used to make dry wines with a rich, intense flavour and often aged in oak. The rich, full-bodied wines made from Boal Branco are ideal for pairing with strongly flavoured dishes such as roasted meats, spicy curries, and aged cheeses. The sweet wines are also an excellent accompaniment to desserts such as fruit tarts and custards.

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Fun Fact about Boal Branco
The Buckingham Palace in England holds more than 25,000 bottles of wine, the oldest being a bottle of Boal dating back to 1815.

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Quinta da Romaneira Reserva Branco is a premium white wine produced by Quinta da Romaneira, a renowned winery located in the Douro Valley region of Portugal. The wine is made from carefully selected grapes grown in the estate's vineyards, which benefit from the region's unique terroir and microclimate. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, resulting in a wine that is both elegant and complex. Quinta da Romaneira Reserva Branco is characterized by its bright acidity, intense aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, and a long, mineral finish. It is a perfect match for seafood, grilled vegetables, and creamy pasta dishes.
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