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The white grape variety 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, productive vine produces acidic, fruity wines with citrus flavors. It is also called table grape used. The variety was first mentioned in 1614 in an inventory of Castel Monferrato in the Piedmontese province of Alessandria. It is today in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Novara in Piedmont grown where they are in the DOC / DOCG wines Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato. Colli tortonesi. Gavi. Monferrato and Piemonte is allowed. There are other stocks (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, 2,953 hectares of vineyards were recorded in Italy with a slight downward trend. The variety is thus documented worldwide varieties ranking rank 147.

Cortese - grape and leaf

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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