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The white grape comes from Italy, Synonyms include Albaluce, Bian Roustì, Bianchera, Erbalucente, Erbalucente Bianca, Erbalus, Greco, Greco Bianco di Novara, Greco Novarese and Uva Rustìa. The name goes back to the Latin name "Alba lux" (light of the dawn), which refers to the small, hard-shelled and whitish shining berries that tend to rosinate. That's why they are perfect for Sweet wines like one Passito from dried grapes. That sort off Greece is an unproven hypothesis. It was first mentioned under the name Elbalus in 1606, the exact origin is probably the current DOC area Canavese in the province of Torino in Piedmont,

Erbaluce - grape and leaf

According to DNA analysis there is no relation to the variety Greco, However, there is a close relationship to the variety Cascarolo Bianco and possibly also Clairette, The early to middle-seasoning vine is prone to real mildew, It produces more alcohol-rich white wines with moderate acidity. The variety is cultivated in Piedmont and undergoes a rebirth there by clone selection. She gets 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
Images : Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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