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Carica l'Asino

The white grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Caricalasino and Carica l'Asino Bianco. It must not be confused with the varieties Barbassese Bianco, Barbera Bianca or Vermentino (synonym Carica l'Asino), despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities. The name means "load the donkey", which refers, mutatis mutandis, to the richness of the yield or also to the transport from the vineyard with this animal during the harvest. The late-ripening vine produces fragrant white wines with aromas of peaches and apricots. The variety, which may have originated in the Liguria region, was almost wiped out by phylloxera. Thanks to a reactivation programme, it is now being cultivated again in small quantities in the two provinces of Alessandria and Novara in Piedmont. There, it is basically blended with the local varieties Barbera Bianca, Cortese and Timorasso. In 2016, 5 hectares of vines were designated (Kym Anderson).

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