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 crossing took place in 1911 at the research center in Rome by the Italian breeder Alberto Pirovano (1884-1973). In Brazil is also called a mutation Benitaka grown. The variety Italia was crossbred partner of the new breeds Augusta (2) Conegliano varieties. jumbo and Olimpia, A mutation is Ruby Okuyama .
The late-ripening vine is prone to wrong mildew and Botrytis, The very sensitive against pests grapes have large, oval and thick-skinned berries in light green to golden yellow color with light nutmeg, The variety is the third most common in the world table grape and distributed in many countries worldwide. In Italy It is represented mainly in Puglia, Lazio and Sicily and occupies a total of 37,000 hectares of vineyards. Other countries with larger quantities are Brazil (nearly 6,000 ha) and Romania (1,500 ha). As a wine grape she will be in Argentina (126 ha in 2010), Australia. France. Tahiti (Atoll Rangiroa) and Peru (1,011 ha in 2010) used.
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)