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The white grape comes from Italy, Synonyms are Bianca Fernanda, Corteis, Cortese Bianca, Cortese Bianco, Cortese d 'Asti, Cortese dell'Astigliano, Courteis, Courteisa, Courtesia, Fernanda Bianca and Raverusto. The parentage is unknown. The early-ripening, high yielding vine produces acidic, fruity wines with citrus flavors. She is also called table grape used. The variety was first mentioned in 1614 in an inventory of the Castel Monferrato in the Piedmontese province of Alessandria. It is today in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Novara im Piedmont grown where they are in the DOC / DOCG wines Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato. Colli Tortonesi. Gavi. Monferrato and Piemonte is allowed. More stocks exist (partly under the name Bianca Fernanda) in the Lombardy (DOC wine Oltrepò Pavese ) and in Veneto (DOC wines Bianco di Custoza and Garda ). In 2010, Italy recorded 2,953 hectares of vineyards with a slight downward trend. The variety thus occupies the world varieties ranking the rank 147.

Cortese - grape and leaf

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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