The white grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Albarola Bianca, Albarola dei Piani, Albarola di Lavagna, Albarola di Sestri, Albarola Trebbiana, Bianchetta del Genovesato, Bianchetta Genovese (second main name), Calcatella, Trebbiana Bianca, Trebbiano Albarola and Trebbiano di Sarzana. Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Bianchetta Trevigiana or Scimiscià be confused. Through 2009 DNA analysis it was found that the Albarola and Bianchetta Genovese varieties found in the province of Genova are identical. However, a different variety of the Albarola was found in the municipality of Lavagna. In any case, Albarola and Bianchetta Genovese are specified as independent varieties in the DOC regulations.
The variety was once widespread. Today they can only be found in the Genoa area under the name Bianchetta Genovese and along the rest of the coast of Liguria, The late-ripening vine produces rather neutral white wines. It is also called table grape used. The variety is in the Ligurian DOC white wines Cinque Terre. Colli di Luni. Colline di Levanto. Golfo del Tigullio-Portofino and Val Polcèvera, as well as in the Tuscany in DOC wine Candia dei Colli Apuani authorized. The Italian acreage in 2010 was 197 hectares with an extremely downward trend (in 2000 it was 4,090 hectares; possibly due to confusion).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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