Xarello Grape Variety
Xarello, also knowm as Xarel-lo, is a white wine grape variety and is one of three principle varieties used in the production of Spain's sparkling wine Cava. The other two grapes used are the Catalan indigenous variety Parellada, and Macabeo which is better known as Viura, the main white grape of Rioja.
Xarel-lo contributes intense aromas in the Cava blend which many believe adds to the sparkling wines unique character. A handful of producers have experimented with making small quantities of still wines from Xarel-lo which have generally being met with good reviews.
Xarello is also known as Cartuja, Cartuxa, Moll, Pansa, Pansa Blanca, Pansal and Xarelo Blanco.