The white grape variety is a new breed between Bicane x Muscat d'Hamburg, Synonyms are Doña Sofia, Idéal, Italian Muscat, Moscatel Italia, Moscatel Italiano, Moschato Rozaki, Muscat d'Italie, Pirovano 65 and Uva Italia. The cross was made in 1911 at the research center in Rome by the Italian breeder Alberto Pirovano (1884-1973). A mutation is also called in Brazil Benitaka grown. The variety Italia was a crossing partner of the new varieties Augusta (2) Conegliano varieties. jumbo and Olimpia, A mutation is Ruby Okuyama .
The late-ripening vine is prone to wrong people mildew and Botrytis, The grapes, which are very sensitive to pests, have large, oval and thick-skinned berries in light green to golden yellow color with a light touch nutmeg, The variety is the third most common in the world table grape and spread in numerous countries worldwide. In Italy it is mainly represented in Puglia, Lazio and Sicily and occupies a total of 37,000 hectares of vineyards. Other countries with larger quantities are Brazil (almost 6,000 ha) and Romania (1,500 ha). As a wine grape, it is grown in Argentina (126 ha in 2010), Australia. France. Tahiti (Atoll Rangiroa) and Peru (1,011 ha in 2010).
Images: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)