The zalema grape is a variety of white grape that has its origins in Spain, in the County of Huelva .
It is the variety most planted in this area. Normally, it is characterized by low vines, glass-shaped conduits and planting densities of around 2500 vines per hectare.
As it is a grape variety located in an area, it does not have many synonyms. It is known by its original name and by Zalemo.
3- Characteristics of the Zalema grape:
The bunches of the zalema grape are medium in size tending to large.
Very uniform and compact.
Conical, winged, with a very short peduncle.
Medium size, circular section and flattened spherical profile.
Thick and hard skins, yellowish-green in color.
Pulp not colored, soft and juicy with little aromaticity and slightly bitter.
Very vigorous, with a bearing that tends to lie down.
Mid-season flare and late maturation.
4- Characteristics of zalema grape strains
The main characteristics of this variety are the following:
– Cultivar very resistant to drought, well adapted to poor soils.
– Sensitive to brotitis.
– Sensitive to mildew.
– Not very sensitive to powdery mildew.
5- Characteristics of zalema wines
The wines from this variety are wines that:
– Very pale, acid, bitter and easily oxidizable must.
– Capable of producing very pale white wines with little acidity, light and low alcohol content.
– The zalema grape is suitable for the production of young and generous wines.
– It is difficult to elaborate, with a tendency to rapid oxidation, and produces slightly neutral light wines. Present in Huelva (95%) and Seville.
– It is the most abundant variety in the DO Condado de Huelva.