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Versoaln

The white grape variety originates from Trentino-Alto Ad ige (Italy) or from France. Synonyms are Versailler, White Versoalen and White Versailler. The peculiar name could be derived from the local dialect word "verdolen" for "green" regarding berry colour or "versoaln" in connection with the pergola style of upbringing. A third interpretation refers to a verbalisation of "Versailles" and the legend that it was introduced to northern Italy from there in the 15th century by Count Schlandesberg, owner of Castel Katzenzungen near the municipality of Tisens Prissian between Bolzano and Merano (Province of Bolzano). In any case, DNA analyses showed that the profile does not match any known variety. However, it has ampelographic similarity with Schiava Grossa. The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to both powdery mildew and grape rot. It yields acidic white wines with aromas of green apples and apricots.

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