The white grape comes from the border area Italy / Switzerland, Synonyms are Arvena, Arvin, Arvina, Arvinaz, Arvine Bonne, Arvine Mauvaise, Arvine Petite and Petite Arvine. The name may refer to the fact that the vine allegedly once came to Switzerland via the Savoyard Arvetal. The variety was first introduced in 1602 in Sion in the Swiss canton Wallis mentioned. From the late 19th century it was referred to as Arvine Petite to relate it to the closely related Arvine Grande to distinguish.
By carried out in 2003 DNA analysis by the Swiss biologist Dr. José Vouillamoz became a strain of the sort 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 connections to the varieties Gaglioppo (Synonym Arvino Nero) or Verdeca (Synonym Alvino Verde). The parentage is unknown. In Switzerland, Arvine becomes a group of grape varieties Old plants counted.
The late ripening, productive vine is susceptible to Botrytis, Wrong mildew and mites, It produces strong, fragrant white wines with acidic aromas of lime and pineapple as well as a typical variety salty Volume. These become dry and from dried grapes in the manner of a Flétri also semi-sweet 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 shown with a strongly increasing tendency (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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