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 done in 2008 DNA analysis it is the red variety Inzolia Nera no color mutation (or the other way around). The variety was first mentioned in 1696 by the Italian botanist Francesco Cupani (1657-1710). After genetic and ampelography Compared to other Sicilian varieties, the roots are probably on Sicily, from where it has spread. Thus, the hypotheses of a French, Greek or Spanish origin are unlikely or refuted. Also for the hypothesis that she or an ancestor with the of Pliny the Elder (23-79) antique variety Irziola could be identical, lacking genetic or historical evidence.
The early to mid-seasoning vine is prone to fake mildew, but resistant to drought, It provides aromatic, rather acid white wines nutty Aroma. The variety is mainly on Sicily and in the Tuscany (here under Ansonica), as well Campania. Lazio and Sardinia grown. She is licensed in numerous DOC wines; that is 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, The variety occupied in 2010 in Italy a total of 6,133 hectares of vineyards with decreasing trend. In Tunisia it is used for the production of raisins, It occupies the worldwide varieties ranking the rank 102.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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