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Barbera del Sannio

The red grape variety (also Barbetta) originates from Italy in the Campanian province of Benevento. It should not be confused with the Barbera or Barbera Sarda varieties, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities. The variety was first mentioned in 1844 by the Italian botanist Guglielmo Gasparrini under the names Lugliese or Lugliatica (Luglio = July in Italy). Until 1875 it was called Barbarea and was considered a local clone of the Piedmontese Barbera. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2005, there are genetic relations to the old Campanian varieties Casavecchia, Catalanesca and Nero di Troia. The vine has thick-skinned berries and is resistant to botrytis, producing colourful, fragrant red wines. It is cultivated in the Campania region, where it is permitted in the DOC wine Sannio. However, no stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson).

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