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Inzolia

The white grape variety comes from Sicily(Italy). Synonyms are Ansolia, Ansolica, Ansoliku, Ansonica, Ansonica Bianca, Ansora, Ansorica, Anzonica (Tuscany), Insolia, Insolia di Palermo, Insora, Nzolia and Zolia Bianca (Sicily). The parentage (parenthood) is unknown. According to DNA analyses performed in 2008, the red variety Inzolia Nera is not a colour mutation (or vice versa). The variety was first mentioned in 1696 by the Italian botanist Francesco Cupani (1657-1710). According to genetic and ampelographic comparisons with other Sicilian varieties, the roots are probably in Sicily, from where it spread. This makes the hypotheses of French, Greek or Spanish origin unlikely or refuted. Also for the hypothesis that it or an ancestor could be identical with the ancient variety Irziola mentioned by Pliny the Elder (23-79), genetic or historical evidence is missing.

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