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Afus Ali

The white grape variety comes from the Middle East, possibly from Lebanon. The more than 220 synonyms in many languages indicate its age and worldwide distribution. The two most common ones are Dattier de Beyrouth and Regina, others are Afuz Ali, Alepo, Anabolitiko, Bolgar Szölö, Datteltraube, Dimiski, Inzolia Imperiale, Izmir Razaki, Karaburnu, Marsigliana Bianca, Pergolone, Raisin d'Or, Razaki, Real, Razaki, Reine, Roseti, Rozaki, Sultanai Razaki, Sultani Razaki, Uva di Constantinopla, Uva Regina, Uva Turca and Waltham Cross

The variety was already mentioned in the 15th century. It is said that it was brought to France in 1883 by a silk merchant from Beirut in Lebanon. Because of its large date-shaped berries, it was first known as Dattier de Beyrouth. The vine was a cross between the new varieties Augusta (1), Emilia, Franca, Gratsiya, Queen of the Vineyards, Kunleány, Solferino, Victoria (1) and Yulski Biser. The picture above is from the work "Ampélographie - Traité général de viticulture" by Victor Vermorel and Pierre Viala.

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