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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 derives from mglw. from the enigmatic prehistoric stone towers (Nuraghi, Mz. Nuraghi) of Bonnanaro culture scattered all over the island. The synonyms Axina 'e Pòberus (grape of the poor) and Axina Sacciadèppidus (debit-paying grape) point to fertility. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, she or an ancestor has already been identified by the 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 done DNA analysis these are the two varieties Nuragus Arrubiu and Nuragus Moscadeddu (also Nuragus Moscatello, Nuragus Rosso Rompizolla) to independent vines, with which they must not be confused. The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is resistant to spring frosts and fakes mildew, but prone to powdery mildew. It tends to produce simple, mild white wines with fruity aromas and a slightly bitter aftertaste. The variety is distributed mainly in the west of the island in the provinces of Cagliari and Oristano. From it is sorted the DOC white wine Nuragus di Cagliari vinified. She will also be responsible for the production of wormwood and sparkling wine used. The acreage in 2010 was 1,345 hectares with a strong downward trend (ten years earlier it was still 3,186 hectares).

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

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