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The white grape comes from Italy, With the numerous synonyms it is partly about game types, These include Albana a Grappolo Fitto, Albana and Grappolo Lungo, Albana a Lungo Grappolo di Faenza, Albana Bianca, Albana Bianca di Romagna, Albana Bijeli, Albana della Bagarona, Albana della Compadrana, Albana della Forcella, Albana della Gaiana, Albana della Serra Albana di Bologna, Albana di Romagna, Albana Gentile, Albana Gentile di Bertinoro, Albana Gentile di Ravenna, Albana Grossa, Albana di Rimini, Albanone, Creminese, Criminese, Ribona, Rimenèse., Riminèse ad Uva Rossa, Riminèse Bianco, Riminèse dell Elba and Sforcella.

Albana - grape and leaf

In any case, it is probably a very old grape variety, already in 1305 of Petrus de Crescentiis (1230-1320). It was once widespread under numerous names in Emilia-Romagna. The hypothesis that they were already in the Romans antiquity Of course, no one could prove that. The name probably derives from Colli Albani, the volcanic hills near Rome in the area Lazio, According to done in 2007 DNA analysis the Corsican variety Riminèse is identical. To the Italian leader Garganega exists one Parent-offspring relationship,

The late-ripening, high-yielding variety is prone to Botrytis and false, but resistant to the real mildew, It produces a colorful, golden yellow white wine, which is also used for sparkling wine production. The variety is mainly in the Emilia-Romagna, as well as in the regions Liguria. Lombardy and Brands common. The DOCG white wine Albana di Romagna is produced from Albana. He was the first white wine to be classified at this highest level. In 2010, a total of 1,523 hectares of vineyards were recorded with a strong downward trend (ten years earlier, there were still 2,487).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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