The Italian viticulture expert and university professor Giovanni Dalmasso (1886-1976) was the first director of the viticulture institute "Istituto Sperimentale per la Viticoltura" in Conegliano (Veneto). With a commission named after him, he wrote a report on the state of Italian viticulture. Dalmasso was extensively active in publishing. Together with A. Marescalchi he wrote the three-volume work "La storia della vite del vino" with descriptions of the names and origins of Italian grape varieties, which was published in 1937. He was also the author of the books "Die Weine Italiens und des Tessins" (new edition 1990) and "Viticoltura Moderne" (Practical Viticulture, 1957). He was also active as a breeder of new table and wine grapes. Most of the new varieties he created are labelled with his name followed by a number, for example Dalmasso 14-4 and Dalmasso 14-15 (both Grignolino x Sangiovese Grosso), and Dalmasso 12-40. Others are Albarossa, Bric, Bussanello, Conegliano, Cornarea, Covè, Emilia, Franca, Fubiano, Giovanna, Liana, Nebbiera, Passau, San Martino (1), San Michele, Sirio, Soperga, Teresita, Valentino Nero, Vega and Viola.
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