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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 done in 2005 DNA analysis the cultivar Briegler cultivated in German-speaking areas of Switzerland is identical. From probably natural crosses Bondola x completer are the two varieties Bondoletta and Hitzkircher emerged. Therefore, the two were often confused with Bondola. The white variety Bondola Bianca, however, is not a color mutation but independently.

Bondola - grape and leaf

The medium-maturing vine is prone to Botrytis, It produces fruity, colorful rather 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 was through Merlot repressed. She is in Ticino for the traditional red wine Nostrano used. In 2010, she occupied 13 hectares of vineyards (Kym Anderson ).

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

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