Variety from Extremadura, also called Montúa, Chelva, Mantua, Mantuo or Uva del Rey. In Portugal, this variety is known as Diagalves. It was appreciated in the past in Spain for its fresh consumption. From the 60s and 70s of the last century, it began to commercially decline, and has since then been replaced by younger grapes from other areas. In recent years, some companies have committed to its recovery and re-valuation, and have been producing white wines with very interesting results.
CULTIVATED AREA IN SPAIN
CULTIVATED AREA IN PORTUGAL (DIAGALVES)
Budburst period: medium-late.
Ripening period: late.
the bud, with whitish, cottony apex has a light-reddish edge. The large, pentagonal leaf has marked lateral sinuses and slightly cottony lower side. Medium-large, moderately compact cluster carries a big, elliptical berry.
vigorous variety of creeping growth habits. It prefers temperate environments – warm with dry springs.
Training system and pruning:
favours medium-long pruning.
Susceptibility to diseases and adverse conditions:
medium-low susceptibility to powdery mildew.
it produces fresh and fruity wines with medium alcohol content and average acidity. In addition, it can be used as table grape for fresh consumption.
Clones in propagation:
Vineyards in Extremadura. Source: Consejo Regulador D.O. Ribera del Guadiana