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Dona Blanca is an obscure white grape variety used in the production of White Port and, less frequently, dry table wines. It finds its home on the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, particularly in the vineyards of northern Portugal and Galicia in Spain.
Dona Blanca is an aromatic variety but it lacks acidity, making wines that are perfumed but still light and delicate. The variety is quite late ripening, and has thick skins that contribute to its not-insignificant phenolic character. It is more often found in blended wines with more famous varieties like Godello, but is also used to make some dry varietal wines as well.
The waning popularity of White Port in the late 20th Century catalyzed this movement toward dry wines. This is particularly true in Spain, where the variety is permitted in the DOs of Valdeorras, Monterrei and Bierzo. The distinctive bitterness found in the white wines of Monterrei is often attributed to Dona Blanca.
It is unclear whether Dona Blanca is the same variety known as Merseguera in other parts of Spain.
Synonyms include: Dona Branca, Moza Fresca, Valenciana.
Food matches for Dona Blanca include:
- Mussel pancakes
- Goats’ cheese tart
- Prawn and cilantro summer rolls