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The white grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Calcatella, Çimixâ, Frate Pelato, Rossala Bianca, Simixà(Italy); Genovese, Genovèse, Raisin Génois (Corsica). Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms, it must not be confused with the varieties Albarola (with synonym Bianchetta Genovese) or Bosco. DNA analyses carried out in 2009 revealed that the Genovèse cultivated in Corsica and the Frate Pelato cultivar grown in the Cinque Terre area of Liguria are identical. The medium to late ripening vine is resistant to powdery mildew. It produces acidic white wines with aromas of herbs, apples and pears. The almost extinct variety was revived in the 1990s. It is cultivated in small quantities in the regions of Liguria, where it is permitted in the DOC wine Golfo del Tigullio-Portofino, as well as Molise, Sardinia and Sicily. In Italy, it occupies a total of just under two hectares and in Corsica 0.2 hectares. In 2016, an area under cultivation of two hectares was reported (Kym Anderson).

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