It is the most widely grown variety in the world. Planted mainly in central Spain, and locally also known as Lairen, Manchega or Valdepeñera.
CULTIVATED AREA IN SPAIN
Budburst period: late.
Ripening period: late.
Yield: abundant and constant.
whitish apex with closed edge; medium, pentagonal leaf with semi-open petiolar sinus; large, winged cluster; spherical berry, soft pulp.
vigorous vine with a distinct downward growth habit (creeping).
Training system and pruning:
its base is characterized by an accentuated fertility thus resulting extremely suitable for a very short pruning, such as Gobelet type. Also adaptable to espalier.
Susceptibility to diseases and adverse conditions:
very resistant to diseases. Not susceptible to spring frosts. Excellent resistance to drought due to its rusticity.
it gives wines with high alcoholic content and, due to its high yield, of medium-low quality. The level of acidity is low.
Clones in propagation:
Airen 22-23, 24-13, 18-22.
Clones undergoing homologation procedure:
VCR332, VCR337, VCR338, VCR40, VCR41, VCR42, VCR43, VCR44, VCR45, VCR47, VCR49, VCR325.
Vineyard in Castille – La Mancha