The white grape variety comes from the border area Italy / Switzerland, Synonyms are Arvena, Arvin, Arvina, Arvinine, Arvine Bonne, Arvine Mauvaise, Arvine Petite and Petite Arvine. The name may refer to the fact that the vine allegedly once came across the Savoyard Arve Valley in Switzerland. The variety was first introduced in 1602 in Sion (Sion) in the Swiss canton Wallis mentioned. From the late 19th century, she was referred to as Arvine Petite, to her by the closely related Arvine Grande to distinguish.
Made in 2003 DNA analysis by the Swiss biologist dr. José Vouillamoz became a descent of both for both Rèze detected. Assumptions of a relationship with the Sylvaner (with the synonyms Arvine and Arvine Grande) turned out to be wrong. There are no links to the varieties Gaglioppo (Synonym Arvino Nero) or Verdeca (Synonym Alvino Verde). The descent (parenthood) is unknown. In Switzerland, Arvine becomes a grape variety group Old plants counted.
The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is prone to Botrytis, Wrong mildew and mites, It produces strong, fragrant white wines with sour flavors of lime and pineapple and a varietal salty Volume. These are dry and dried grapes in the manner of a Flétri also semisweet or sweet. There are stocks in the Swiss canton Wallis (154 ha) and in the adjacent Italian aosta Valley (19 ha). In 2010, a total of 172 hectares of vineyards were reported with a strong upward trend (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)