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The white grape comes from the island Sardinia ( Italy ). The name derives from a local dialect of the typical musk of the ripe berries. Synonyms are Nasco Bianco, Nasco di Sardegna, Nascu and Nusco. As with many other Sardinian varieties, it is believed that it was introduced during the Spanish occupation (1323-1720). The medium-ripening vine produces fresh white wines with aromas of dried fruits, apricots and spices. It is mainly grown in the provinces of Cagliari in the south and Oristano in the west, as well as Sassari and Nuoro in the center of the island. It is used in DOC wine Nasco di Cagliari Expanded according to type, but also used as a waste. The acreage in 2010 was 141 hectares.

Nasco - grape and leaf

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : Doris Schneider, Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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