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Divico

The red grape variety is an interspecific new variety between Gamaret x Bronner. It was named after the Swiss national hero Divico (130-58 B.C.), who as leader of the Helvetic tribe of the Tigurines against the Romans won the battle of Agen in 107 B.C. and negotiated with Julius Caesar in old age. It contains genes from Vitis amurensis, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in 1997 in Switzerland at the institute in Changins by the breeder Jean-Laurent Spring. Incidentally, the white variety Divona was created from the same parents. The late maturing PIWI variety is extremely resistant to various fungal diseases such as powdery and downy mildew and grey rot(botrytis). It produces colourful, tannin-rich red wines. The variety is mainly cultivated in the canton of Geneva (5 ha). In 2016, a total of 10 hectares of vineyards were registered in Switzerland (Kym Anderson).

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