The white grape variety comes from the border area Switzerland / Italy, Synonyms are Amigne Blanche, Amique, Grande Amigne, Grosse Amigne and Petite Amigne. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, it is said to be different from that of Horace (65-8 BC) and described by Virgil (70-19 BC) sung about antique vine Vitis Aminea descended. The variety was first in 1686 in the Swiss canton Wallis mentioned. According to the year 2011 DNA analysis There is a genetic relationship to the varieties Avana (Piedmont) and Petit Meslier (Champagne). Accordingly, she would be a descendant of the Leitsorten Traminer (Savagnin Blanc) and Gouais blanc, It becomes a grape variety group in Switzerland Old plants counted.
The medium to late ripening vine is prone to Verrieseln and millerandage Millerandage). It produces acidic white wines with aromas of citrus fruits. The variety is in the Swiss canton Wallis mainly grown around the town of Vétroz. Here are sweet dessert wines with the usual name here Flétri (analogously Trockenbeerenauslese) produced. In 2010, 43 hectares of vineyards were expelled.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)