The white grape variety comes from Sicily ( Italy ). Synonyms are Ansolia, Ansolica, Ansoliku, Ansonica, Ansonica Bianca, Ansora, Ansorica, Anzonica ( Tuscany ), Insolia, Insolia di Palermo, Insora, Nzolia and Zolia Bianca ( Sicily ). The parentage is unknown. According to in 2008 DNA analysis is the red variety Inzolia Nera around no color mutation (or the other way around). The variety was first mentioned in 1696 by the Italian botanist Francesco Cupani (1657-1710). According to genetic and ampelography Compared to other Sicilian varieties, the roots are probably in Sicily, from where it spread. The hypotheses of a French, Greek or Spanish origin are therefore improbable or refuted. Also for the hypothesis that she or an ancestor with that of Pliny the Elder (23-79) mentioned ancient variety Irziola might be identical, lacking genetic or historical evidence.
The early to medium maturing vine is prone to the wrong mildew but resistant to drought, It produces aromatic, rather low-acid white wines nutty Aroma. The variety is mainly based on Sicily and in the Tuscany (here under Ansonica), as well Campania. Lazio and Sardinia grown. It is approved in numerous DOC wines; among other things Alcamo. Ansonica Costa dell'Argentario. Contea di Sclafani. Contessa Entellina. Delia Nivolelli. Erice. Mamertino di Milazzo. Maremma Toscana. Marsala. Menfi. Monreale. Parrina. Riesi. Salaparuta. Sambuca di Sicilia. Santa Margherita di Belice. Sciacca. Sicilia. Val di Cornia and Vittoria, In 2010, the variety occupied a total of 6,133 hectares of vineyards in Italy with a downward trend. In Tunisia it is used for the production of raisins, It documents worldwide varieties ranking rank 102.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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