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Timorasso

The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Morasso, Timoraccio, Timorazza and Timuassa. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2006, there is a parent-offspring relationship with the Lambruschetto variety. The early to medium ripening vine is susceptible to small berries and botrytis. It tends to produce alcohol-rich white wines with quite lively acidity and aromas of honey, spices and nuts, as well as some storage potential. The variety has been known in Piedmont since the 15th century and already enriched the table of Pope Paul III. (1468-1549). It was widespread in the 19th century and the wine was exported in large quantities to Germany and Switzerland as a blending wine. After the phylloxera catastrophe, however, it was abandoned in favour of more fertile varieties such as Cortese. From 1987 it was revived by the winemaker Walter Massa, who also successfully promoted the DOC classification Colli Tortonesi Timorasso. It is cultivated in the two provinces of Asti and Alessandria and is also authorised in the DOC wine Monferrato. In 2016, the Italian area under cultivation was 123 hectares with a decreasing tendency (statistics Kym Anderson).

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