Cayetana Blanca is a green, low aromatic grape from Spain used for producing Brandy as well as dry wine.

Characteristics
Cayetana Bianca is high-yielding, neutral-tasting grape, characterised also by low acidity.

It prefers places with a continental climate, e.g. where temperatures have a high degree of variation between day and night.

Wines
When treated in a good way, Cayetana Blanca is capable of producing a wine with flavours of ripe apple and banana. However, it is more common that you find it in a fortified wine, such as Brandy

Food pairing
If you have a varietal Cayetana Blanca in front of you, seafood or an Asian dish such as Chicken TIkka Marsala will pair nicely. The wine is best served at 8-10°C/46-50°F.

Where is it grown?
Cayetana Blanca is planted on 39.593 ha/97,836 ac, making it the sixth most planted grape in Spain. Almost all plantings, 39.003 ha/96,379 ac are in Extremadura, more specifically in the sub region Badajuz.

Other regions with plantings are Zaragoza (300 ha/741 ac) and Seville (241 ha/596 ac).

On a national level, Spanish plantings have decreased with close to 16.000 ha/39,500 ac between 2000 and 2010. Almost the whole decrease has taken place in Badajuz.

The only country reporting plantings apart from Spain is Portugal. In the north-eastern region Alto Tras-os-Montes (bordering to Spain) there are 105 ha/259 ac. Small plantings are reported from six other Portuguese regions.

History
Cayetana Blanca is thought to have originated from somewhere on the Iberian Peninsula, and is recognised as being a very old variety.