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Godello, the grape that almost went extinct

Godello is not an ordinary grape, it brings an interesting story with it. Imagine, once it almost went extinct, but thank the hard work of Spanish viticulturists it’s slowly gaining more interest. The interest well deserved!  Where does the grape really come from? Some sources say that it was first recorded near Valencia, in the town of Godella. Other sources say that it was first cultivated in the Galician region, somewhere near the border with Portugal, which would also be supported by its genetic proximity to local Portuguese grapes. Wherever it really came from in the past, no one can deny the quality of the wines that are produced with that grape — both as a varietal wine and as blends.  “Under the dictatorship of General Franco, the wine export was prohibited. Additionally, he believed wine should be restricted only to the needs of the Church.” I can still clearly remember my first encounter with Godello. It was in Valencia in Spain, and I had only a little clue about wine at that time. I was hunting …