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The white grape comes from the border area Italy / Switzerland, Synonyms are Blanchier, Blantiere, Gros Gouais, Gros Gouet, Laffnetscha, Lafnätscha and Lavenetsch. The name is derived from an expression in the Valais dialect. Since the grapes were always harvested too early in the unripe state, the wine had to be aged longer due to its tartness and should therefore not be drunk too young or too early. Laff-nit-scha basically means something like "don't drink already".

Lafnetscha - grape and leaf

The very old variety was first mentioned in 1627. According to 2004 DNA analysis is a presumably natural cross between Malanstraube ( completer ) x Humagne Blanche, The Completer mother variety was developed on the basis of morphological Similarity also known as the Great Lafnetscha but also the Little Lafnetscha and often confused with Lafnetscha. The variety becomes a grape variety group in Switzerland Old plants counted. The medium-ripening, productive vine produces an aromatic, spicy, acidic white wine with aromas of exotic fruits that have aging potential. It will be in the canton Wallis cultured. In 2010, however, no stock was shown (Kym Anderson ).

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

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