wine-searcher.com / Donzelinho Branco Wine
In the 1990s, the vineyard area planted to Donzelinho Branco was roughly 1600 acres (650ha), with the lion’s share of the vines located on the steep granitic slopes of the Douro Valley. Here, the variety is used in the production of both fortified wines (it is a key ingredient in White Port) and dry table wines. The latter are typically made in relatively light, crisp styles, lemon-yellow in color and with a distinctive hint of lavender on the nose. In the vineyard, Donzelinho Branco is early ripening and relatively low yielding.
The name Donzelinho (which means squire) is also used as a synonym for Rabo de Ovelha, which also goes by Rabigato in some regions. The true Donzelinho Branco has also been called Terrantez at some points in history, although it is unconnected with the Terrantez of Madeira – navigating the web of Portuguese wine grapes and their synonyms is not a task for the faint-hearted.
Food matches for Donzelinho Branco include:
- Polbo a feira (octopus with olive oil and paprika)
- Salted cod
- Maine lobster rolls