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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 revealed possible parenthood for San Lunardo, which is also cultivated on Ischia, and close relatives of the Campanian variety Falanghina Beneventana. The assumption of Greek descent could not be confirmed. The late ripening vine produces straw-coloured white wines with aromas of pineapple and almonds. It is mainly cultivated in Campania, where it is permitted in the DOC white wines Campi Flegrei, Capri, Costa d'Amalfi, Ischia and Penisola Sorrentina. In 2016, 23 hectares of vineyards were designated with an extremely downward trend (Kym Anderson).

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