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Primetta

The red grape variety originates from the border region Italy/Switzerland. Synonyms are Bonda, Neblou, Neblu, Premetta, Prëmetta, Prié Rouge, Prié Rozdo, Prometta and Prumetta. It must not be confused with the Bonda variety on the basis of apparently indicative synonyms or morphological similarities. The French ampelographer Adrien Berget suspected as early as the beginning of the 20th century that she might be a direct descendant of the Prié variety (Prié Blanc), which was confirmed by DNA analyses. The origin is the Italian Aosta Valley. In Switzerland, the variety is counted among the Old Growths grape variety group. The early-ripening vine (to which the name refers) is resistant to cold climate, botrytis and downy mildew. It produces rosé-coloured wines. The variety was virtually extinct at the end of the 20th century and was reactivated by new plantings. It is cultivated at an altitude of about 800 metres above sea level in the communes of Ayma-Villes, Quart, Saint-Denis and Saint-Pierre, some of which are also cultivated in mixed cultivation. This is used to make the Valle d'Aosta Primetta DOC red wine. In 2016, 14 hectares of vineyard area were designated (statistics Kym Anderson).

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