The white grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Albaluce, Bian Roustì, Bianchera, Erbalucente, Erbalucente Bianca, Erbalus, Greco, Greco Bianco di Novara, Greco Novarese and Uva Rustìa. The name comes from the Latin name "Alba lux" (light of the dawn), which refers to the small, hard-shelled and whitish shiny berries that tend to raisin. Therefore, they are excellent for Sweet wines like a Passito from dried grapes. That the variety out Greece is an unproven hypothesis. It was first mentioned under the name Elbalus in 1606, the exact origin is probably today's DOC area Canavese in the province of Torino Piedmont,
According to DNA analysis there is no relationship to the variety Greco, However, there is a close relationship with the variety Cascarolo Bianco and possibly also Clairette, The early to medium maturing vine is susceptible to real ones mildew, It produces rather low-alcohol white wines with moderate acidity. The variety is cultivated in Piedmont and there is reborn through clone selection. It is used in the DOC white wines Canavese. Colline Novaresi. Coste della Sesia and Erbaluce di Caluso used. In 2010, 319 hectares of vineyards were recorded.
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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