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Bondola

The red grape variety comes from the Switzerland, Synonyms are Bistershna Zhernina, Bistriska Crnina, Bondola Nera, Brieger, Briegler, Bundula, Longobardo and Mohrenkönig. It was first mentioned by the Swiss naturalist Heinrich Rudolf Schinz (1777-1861) in 1785 as a "fine grape variety". The variety becomes a grape variety group in Switzerland Old plants counted. According to in 2005 DNA analysis the Briegler variety grown in German-speaking regions of Switzerland is identical. From probably natural crossings Bondola x completer are the two varieties Bondoletta and Hitzkircher emerged. Therefore, the two were often mistaken for Bondola. The white variety Bondola Bianca, however, is not a color mutation, but independently.

Bondola - grape and leaf

The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to Botrytis, It produces fruity, colorful, rather low-acid red wines with aromas of cherries, blueberries and violets with a slightly bitter finish. It used to be in the north of the Swiss canton Ticino widespread but has been through Merlot repressed. It is used in Ticino for the traditional red wine Nostrano used. In 2010 it occupied 13 hectares of vineyards (Kym Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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