The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Biancatenera, Biancazita, Ginestro and Nocella. It was mentioned in 1825 as one of the main varieties of the province of Naples in Campania. DNA analyses carried out in 2005 revealed a possible relationship with the Caprettone variety. The late ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis. It produces acidic white wines with aromas of broom (Italian: ginestra), which develop tones reminiscent of Riesling with age. The variety is cultivated exclusively in the Campanian province of Salerno along the Amalfi coast in small quantities. It is registered there in the DOC wine Costa d'Amalfi. In 2010, four hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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