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Biancone di Portoferraio

The white grape variety comes from the island of Elba (Tuscany, Italy); the second part of the name refers to the capital of Elba. Synonyms are Biancone, Corcesco, Folle Verte d'Oleron, Pagadebiti di Porto S. Stefano and Pagadebiti di Porto San Stefano. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2021, it originates from a presumably natural cross between Mammolo x unknown partner. It should not be confused with the varieties Biancu Gentile or Rollo (with synonym Biancone), despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities. The late-ripening, high-yielding vine produces simple, acidic white wines. In Italy, the variety is mainly grown in Veneto (17 ha), as well as Puglia, Emilia-Romagna, Sardinia, Tuscany and Umbria on 31 ha. In Australia, there are 3 hectares in the Riverland area. In 2016, a total of 34 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson statistics).

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