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The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Catalana and Uva Catalana. It was already mentioned in Campania in the 16th century. The name could indicate a Spanish origin and according to local assumptions it was also supposedly introduced by Spain in 1450. However, DNA analyses carried out in 2005 did not reveal any Spanish connections, but did establish kinship with the Italian varieties Barbera del Sannio, Casavecchia and Nero di Troia. The vine, which ripens very late, is resistant to fungal diseases. It produces acidic white wines with aromas of acacia blossom, apricots and honey. The variety is cultivated in Campania, in the province of Naples, near Vesuvius and in Sardinia. It is also used as a table grape. The area under cultivation in 2010 was 54 hectares.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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