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The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Bianchetto, Bianchetto Faentino, Bianchina, Bianchino, Montoncello, Montonegro Bianco, Montuni and Montuno. According to DNA analyses there is no (previously suspected) relationship with the variety Montonico Bianco, but possibly with Franconia (Blaufränkisch). The very late-maturing, high-yielding vine is very well resistant to both types of mildew, and moderately resistant to botrytis. It produces acidic white wines, which are often used for the production of sparkling wines. The variety is cultivated in Emilia-Romagna, where it is registered under the name Montuni in the DOC wines Modena and Reno. The variety is no longer of any importance, as in 2016 no more stocks were recorded. In the year 2000 it had been over 1,000 hectares (Kym Anderson).

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