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Passerina

The white grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Aiga Passera, Cacciadebiti, Caccione, Pagadebito, Passera, Passeretta Bianca, Passerina Bianca, Scacciadebito, Tramarina, Uva d'Oro, Uva Fermana and Weinbeerlein. Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Biancame. Bombino Bianco. Mostosa. Trebbiano d'Abruzzo or Trebbiano Toscano be confused.

Passerina - grape and leaf

It is a very old variety that is believed to be straight from Wild vines descended. The Greek variety Korinthiaki Lefki (Corinthe Blanc, Corinto Blanco, Korinti Lefki) is genetically almost identical to Passerina. This was already done by Lambert J. von Babo (1790-1862) in 1844 and later by Pierre Galet (1921-2019). However, the two varieties differ slightly in the shape of the leaves and grapes. There is probably a Greek origin; in any case, there is a relationship with the red variety korinthiaki, The Italian variety could have reached Italy as early as the 6th century. The picture is from the botanist Johann S. Kerner (1755-1830) from his catalog of German grape varieties.

Passerina - Picture by Johann S. Kerner

The name is derived from "passera" (Italian for sparrow) because these birds appreciate the small, extremely sweet berries. The synonym part of the name “debit” (meaning “debt payer”) refers to the high earnings. The late ripening vine is prone to Botrytis but resistant to frost and both mildews, It produces acid-stressed, alcohol-rich white wines with aromas of peaches, apples and pears with a slight bitterness, which are also ideal for the production of sparkling wines. The variety is also called table grape used. For example, it is in the DOC white wines Controguerra (Abruzzo), as well Falerio dei Colli Ascolani. Offida and Terre di Offida (Brands) approved. The Italian acreage in 2010 totaled 894 hectares with a rising trend (ten years earlier it was 767 hectares).

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

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