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Vespolina

This red grape variety comes from Italy. The name is derived from the wasps (Ital. vespa) that are attracted by the sugar-rich berries. Synonyms are Balsamina, Canneta, Croattina, Guzetta, Guzzetta, Inzaga, Inzagre, Massana, Nespolina, Nespolino, Nespoulìn, Novarina, Solenga, Ughetta, Ughetta di Canetto, Ughetta di Fassolo, Ughetta di Solenga, Uva Cinerina, Uvetta di Canneto, Uvetta di Fassolo, Uva Rara, Vespolino and Vispavola. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2004, it is a direct descendant of Nebbiolo, the second parent is unknown. It was mentioned in 1787 in an ampelography of Count Giuseppe Nuvolone-Pergamo (President of the Società Agraria di Torino) in Piedmont (Gattinara). It was increasingly replaced by the higher-yielding Barbera after the phylloxera disaster from the beginning of the 20th century

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