The white grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Albamatto, Erbamatto and Verdealbara. All names are derived from the green berry color (verde = green). It was mentioned in the 16th century as one of the best grape varieties on the western shore of Lake Garda in Lombardy. The late-ripening vine with thin-skinned berries is susceptible to Botrytis, It produces acidic, aromatic white wines with floral aromas and an earthy note. It is available in small stocks in the Lombardy cultivated where they are in the DOC area Valtènesi as well as in the DOCG area Franciacorta is allowed. Under the name Verdealbara it is with the municipality of Avio in Trentino ( Trentino-Alto Adige ) grown. In 2010, 24 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson ). The variety works well in terms of the effects of climate change and should therefore be reactivated.
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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