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Palomino


International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

Regional Varieties:   Albariño    Aligoté    Amigne    Arneis    Chasselas    Colombard    Cortese    Fiano    Grechetto    Grenache Blanc    Malvasia Istriana    Marsanne    Muscadelle    Muscat of Alexandria    Ortega    Palomino    Parellada    Petite Arvine    Prosecco    Rieslaner    Roussanne    Savagnin    Scheurebe    Seyval Blanc    Tocai Friulano    Torrontés    Vermentino    Welschriesling


Mostly grown in Spain and South Africa, Palomino is low in both acidity and sugar, which makes it the primary grape in the production of Sherry. Most table wines from the grape are low-quality due to the grape's unusual characteristics.

In Spain, the grape has three sub-varieties: Palomino Basto, Palomino de Jerez, and the most well-known, Palomino Fino, which is used for the production of Sherry. The grape has a few plantings in France and the US, but its most important use outside of Spain is in the fortified wines of South Africa, where it is called Fransdruif or White French.