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The white grape variety comes from Italy, With the numerous synonyms it is partly also game types, These include Albana a Grappolo Fitto, Albana a 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 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, which dates back to 1305 Petrus de Crescentiis (1230-1320) was mentioned. It was once spread under numerous names in Emilia-Romagna. The hypothesis that they were already in the Romans antiquity was known, of course, can no longer be proven. The name is probably derived from Colli Albani, the volcanic hills near Rome in the region Lazio, According to in 2007 DNA analysis the Riminèse variety grown in Corsica is identical. To the leading Italian variety Garganega there is one Parent-offspring relationship,

The late-ripening, high-yielding variety is susceptible to Botrytis and false, but resistant to real ones mildew, It produces a colorful, golden yellow white wine that 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. It was the first white wine to be classified at this highest level. In 2010, a total of 1,523 hectares of vineyards were reported with a strongly falling trend (ten years earlier, there were still 2,487).

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

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