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Forastera

The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Forstera Blanca, Forastiera, Forestiera, Frastera and Uva dell'Isola. It must not be confused with the unrelated Spanish varieties Chelva, Dona Branca and Doradilla (all three with the synonym Forastera Blanca), nor with the Albillo Forastera variety, which according to DNA analyses is hardly cultivated any more in the Canary Islands. The variety was first mentioned in 1877 by the ampelographer Giuseppe di Rovasenda (1824-1913). The early to medium-ripening, high-yielding vine produces fresh white wines with a subtle almond tone, mostly used as blends. It is mainly cultivated in the regions of Campania (approved in the DOC wine Ischia) and Sardinia. In 2010, 208 hectares were designated with a strong downward trend; in 2000, the figure was 543.

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

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