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The white grape variety comes from Sicily ( Italy ). Synonyms are Ariddu, Riddu and Rossese Bianco. According to 2007 DNA analysis is from a probably natural cross between Catarratto Bianco Lucido x Muscat d'Alexandrie (Zibibbo) emerged. The hypothesis that they are out Apulia is disproved. The Rossese Bianco grown in Liguria is identical. Grillo is not allowed with one of the four white ones Rossese varieties be confused. is a relatively young vine, the earliest mention of which dates back to 1873.

Grillo - vineyards in Sicily in Albarello education and grapes

The late ripening, productive vine is resistant to wintry frost but prone to real ones mildew, It produces white wines rich in alcohol and extract with a slight tannin content and aromas of citrus and herbs. The variety is mainly in Sicily grown in the province of Trapani. Until the outbreak of the phylloxera disaster around 1880 it was widespread and was also used for dessert wine Marsala used. But it was then by more productive varieties such as Catarratto Bianco and Inzolia repressed.

Grillo - grape and leaf

The variety is allowed in DOC wines Alcamo. Contea di Sclafani. Contessa Entellina. Delia Nivolelli. Mamertino di Milazzo. Marsala. Monreale. Salaparuta and Sicilia authorized. Small quantities are also available in Australia. Brazil and Mexico, In 2010, it occupied 6,295 hectares of vineyards in Italy with an upward trend (ten years earlier it was 1,803 hectares). So it is in the world varieties ranking at rank 99.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Grillo vineyards: From Pax: Vobiscum - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link
Grape variety Grillo: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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