The white grape comes from Sicily ( Italy ). Synonyms are Ariddu, Riddu and Rossese Bianco. According to 2007 done DNA analysis she is from a probably natural cross between Catarratto Bianco Lucido x Muscat d'Alexandrie (Zibibbo) originated. The hypothesis that they look Apulia is disproven. The grown in Liguria Rossese Bianco is identical. Grillo is not allowed to play with one of the four white ones Rossese varieties be confused. is a relatively young vine, the earliest mention dates from 1873.
The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is resistant to wintry frost, but prone to real mildew, It produces alcoholic and extra-rich white wines 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 phylloxera disaster It was widespread around the year 1880 and was also used for the dessert wine Marsala used. But it was then replaced by higher yielding varieties Catarratto Bianco and Inzolia repressed.
Approved is the variety in the DOC wines Alcamo. Contea di Sclafani. Contessa Entellina. Delia Nivolelli. Mamertino di Milazzo. Marsala. Monreale. Salaparuta and Sicilia authorized. There are also small quantities in Australia. Brazil and Mexico, It occupied in Italy in 2010 6,295 hectares of vineyards with rising tendency (ten years earlier it was 1,803 hectares). This puts it in the world varieties ranking on rank 99.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Grillo Vineyards: From Pax: Vobiscum - Own Plant, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link
Grape variety: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service