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The white grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Acerbina, Buzzetto, Garella, Loumnitza, Lumaca, Lumassa Bianca, Lumassina Bianca, Lumazzina, Mataòsso, Mataòssu and Uga Matta. The parentage is unknown. It cannot be made with the Moldavian variety Luminitsa (Loumnitza) can be confused. It was first described by the ampelographer Giuseppe di Rovasenda (1824-1913). The late-ripening, high-yielding vine produces fresh, acid-stressed, rather low-alcohol white wines with aromas of apples and herbs. It was threatened with extinction in the 1970s and was revived. The variety is mainly found in the province of Savona in the region Liguria grown where it is used as a blend for the production of sparkling wines. With the varieties Bosco and Vermentino it is blended into "Nostralino", a traditional wine at many annual village festivals. In 2010, 98 hectares of vineyards were recorded.

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

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