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The white grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Spargoletta Bianca, Spergolà, Spergolina and Spergolinàis. It must not be confused with the Sauvignon Blanc or Sémillon varieties, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities (Spergola was even an official synonym for Sauvignon Blanc in Italy in the past). Its distinctiveness was confirmed by DNA analyses carried out in 2001. A close genetic relationship to the Pignoletto variety was also established. According to personal information from Dr. Erika Maul (Julius Kühn-Institut), the variety Vernaccia di Oristano is identical. The variety was first mentioned in 1811 under Spergolina. It was one of the most important varieties in Emilia-Romagna in the 19th century. The medium-ripening vine produces white wines rich in acidity, which are well suited for sparkling wine production. It is permitted, for example, in the DOC wine Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa. In 2016, 115 hectares of vines were designated in Italy (Kym Anderson statistics).

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