Pedro Ximenez (PX)
Definition - What does Pedro Ximenez (PX) mean?
Pedro Ximenez (PX) is the name of a white wine grape that is mainly grown in Spain. However, there are small plantings of the varietal also in Australia and Argentina.
It was believed to have originated from the Canary Islands or from Madeira. Today, ampelographers realize it more likely originated from Andalucia where it has been cultivated since the 17th century.
WineFrog explains Pedro Ximenez (PX)
In Spain, the Pedro Ximenez grape is mainly associated with the Denominación de Origen (DO) Montilla-Moriles. Here, the white grape is used to make a single varietal wine of a dessert sherry that is dark and sweet. This special wine is made by drying the grapes under the intense sun, allowing for the natural sweetness to become concentrated. The juices are then used to make a black, thick liquid that has a taste of molasses and raisins. Later, it is fortified and aged in a solera.
It is also often associated with Jerez, a special regional sherry made in the region of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Spain.