The white grape variety comes from Italy; it is one of the many Trebbiano varieties. Synonyms are Spoletino, Trebbiano di Avezzano, Trebbiano di Spolete and Trebbiano di Spoleto. It should not be confused with the Trebbiano Toscano variety, with which it is often blended. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2001, there is a genetic relationship with the Trebbiano d'Abruzzo variety. The late ripening variety is resistant to frost and especially downy mildew. It produces golden yellow, acidic and full-bodied white wines with a variety of aromas of lemon, tropical fruits and nuts. The variety was first mentioned in Umbria in 1878. It was threatened with extinction and was reactivated in the early 2000s by the Cantina Novelli winery by planting new vines over 100 years old. Today it is mainly cultivated in the province of Perugia and is permitted in the DOC wines Assisi, Colli del Trasimeno, Colli Martani and Montefalco. In 2010, 200 hectares of vineyards were designated.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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