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The white grape variety comes from Sardinia - Italy, Synonyms are Abbondosa, Aksina de Marjian, Aksina de Popurus, Axina de Margiai, Axina de Popurus, Axina 'e Pòberus, Malvasia di Luras, Nuragus Blanc de Sardaigne and Preni Tineddus. The name may be derived. from the enigmatic prehistoric stone towers (Nuraghi, Mz. Nuraghen) of the Bonnanaro culture, which are scattered all over the island. The synonyms Axina 'e Pòberus (grape of the poor) and Axina Sacciadèppidus (grape paying debt) indicate fertility. According to a non-verifiable hypothesis, she or an ancestor has already been Phoenicians brought to the island. This supports the second variant of the name origin, because the Phoenician "only" means "fire".

Nuragus - grape and leaf

According to 2007 DNA analysis are the two varieties Nuragus Arrubiu and Nuragus Moscadeddu (also Nuragus Moscatello, Nuragus Rosso Rompizolla) around independent vines with which it should not be confused. The late-ripening, productive vine is resistant to spring frosts and the wrong mildew but prone to powdery mildew. It produces rather simple, mild white wines with fruity aromas and a slightly bitter aftertaste. The variety is particularly common in the west of the island in the provinces of Cagliari and Oristano. It becomes the DOC white wine Nuragus di Cagliari vinified. It is also used for the production of wormwood and sparkling wine used. The area under cultivation in 2010 was 1,345 hectares with a downward trend (ten years earlier it was 3,186 hectares).

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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