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The white grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Catalana, Catalanesa, Catalanesca Bianca and Uva Catalana. Nothing is known about the ancestry (parentage) or whether there is a connection to the red variety Catalanesca Nera. It was already mentioned in Campania in the 16th century. The name could indicate a Spanish origin and according to local conjecture it was also allegedly introduced from Spain in 1450. However, DNA analyses carried out in 2005 did not reveal any Spanish connections, but they did reveal relations to the Italian varieties Barbera del Sannio, Casavecchia and Nero di Troia. The very late-ripening vine is resistant to fungal diseases. It produces white wines with high acidity and aromas of acacia blossom, apricots and honey. The variety is cultivated in Campania in the province of Naples near Mount Vesuvius and in Sardinia. It is also used as table grape. In 2016, 7 hectares of vines were reported with a strong downward trend (Kym Anderson statistics).

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