The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Biancolella Veraca, Bianculella, Bianculillo, Jancolella, Petite Blanche, Saint Nicolas and San Nicola. Biancolella is native to the Campanic island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, where it was first mentioned in the 19th century. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2001, it is identical to San Nicola, grown on the nearby island of Capri. The same is suspected for the Petite Blanche variety cultivated on the island of Corsica. DNA analyses from 2010 revealed a possible parentage for San Lunardo, which is also cultivated on Ischia, and a close relationship to the Campanian variety Falanghina Beneventana. The suspicion of Greek descent could not be confirmed. The late ripening vine produces a straw-coloured white wine with aromas of pineapple and almonds. The variety is grown mainly in Campania, where it is permitted in the DOC white wines Campi Flegrei, Capri, Costa d'Amalfi, Ischia and Penisola Sorrentina. The total area under cultivation in Italy in 2010 was 164 hectares.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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