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The white grape variety comes from the border area Italy / Switzerland, Synonyms are Blanchier, Blantiere, Gros Gouais, Gros Gouet, Laffnetscha, Lafnätscha and Lavenetsch. The name is derived from a phrase in the Valais dialect. Since the grapes were always harvested too early in the immature state, the wine had to be extended longer because of its tartness and should therefore not be drunk too young or not too early. Laff-nit-scha means something like "do not drink already".

Lafnetscha - grape and leaf

The very old variety was first mentioned in 1627. According to done in 2004 DNA analysis it is a presumably natural cross between Malanstraube ( completer x Humagne Blanche, The mother variety Completer was due to the morphological Similarity as Great Lafnetscha but also referred to as Little Lafnetscha and often confused with Lafnetscha. The variety becomes a grape variety group in Switzerland Old plants counted. The medium-maturing, high yielding vine produces an aromatic, spicy, acidified white wine with aromas of exotic fruits that have aging potential. She is in the canton Wallis cultured. In 2010, however, no stock was reported (Kym Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Swiss Wine Valais

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