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The red variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Oseleta Nera, Oselina and Oseletta. The name is a corruption of "uccelli" (birds) and refers to the fact that the sweet berries are often eaten by birds. According to one hypothesis, she was one of wild grape domesticated, but there is (still) no proof of that. And after a likewise unproven second hypothesis, she could with the formerly grown in Styria (Austria) bird grape be identical. According to done in 2003 DNA analysis is there a genetic relationship to the variety? Garganega, The medium-maturing, rather low-yielding vine is prone to Botrytis, It produces colorful, tannin-rich red wines with aromas of herbs and cinnamon, The by the phylloxera disaster almost extinct variety was in the 1970s in the small community Pigozzo in the province of Verona in Veneto reactivated. Since the year 2002 she is again officially admitted and in the range Valpolicella recommended. The acreage in 2010 was 15 hectares (Statistics Kym Anderson ).

Oseleta - grape and leaf

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

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