The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Nera Gentile di Fonzano, Nostrana Nera, Pavana Nera, Pelosetta, Ussulara and Visentina. It may often be confused with the Marzemino variety due to morphological similarities. It is not a dark variant of Pavana Bianca. The variety was first mentioned in 1825 by the naturalist Guiseppe Acerbi (1773-1846). The medium-late ripening vine is resistant to powdery mildew. In the 19th century it was widely spread in the regions Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. After a drastic reduction, it is almost exclusively cultivated in the Venetian province of Belluno. In 2010, a cultivation area of 32 hectares was designated (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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