The red grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Oseleta Nera, Oselina and Useleta. The name is a corruption of "uccelli" (birds) and refers to the fact that the sweet berries are readily eaten by birds. According to one hypothesis, it was domesticated from a wild vine. According to a second hypothesis, it could be identical to the bird grape formerly cultivated in Styria (Austria). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2003, there is a genetic relationship to the Garganega variety. However, the parentage is unknown. The medium-maturing, low-yielding vine is susceptible to botrytis. It produces colourful, tannin-rich red wines with aromas of herbs and cinnamon. The variety, almost extinct due to the phylloxera disaster, was reactivated in the 1970s in the municipality of Pigozzo in the province of Verona in Veneto and is permitted in the Valpolicella DOC area. In 2016, 16 hectares of vines were designated (Kym Anderson).
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