The white grape variety comes from the island of Sardinia(Italy). According to a local dialect, the name derives from the typical musky scent of the ripe berries. Synonyms are Basco Bianco, Nasco Bianco, Nasco di Sardegna, Nascu, Nusco and Ogu de Aranna. As with many other Sardinian varieties, it is believed to have been introduced during the Spanish occupation (1323-1720). The medium-ripening vine produces fresh white wines with aromas of dried fruit, apricots and spices. It is mainly cultivated in the provinces of Cagliari in the south and Oristano in the west, as well as Sassari and Nuoro in the centre of the island. It is used in the DOC wine Nasco di Cagliari, but also as a blend. In 2016, 91 hectares of vineyards were designated with a decreasing trend (Kym Anderson).
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