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The white grape comes from Italy, Synonyms include Aiga Passera, Cacciadebiti, Caccione, Pagadebito, Passera, Passeretta Bianca, Passerina Bianca, Scacciadebito, Tramarina, Uva d'Oro, Uva Fermana and Tangerine. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Biancame. Bombino Bianco. Mostosa. Trebbiano d'Abruzzo or Trebbiano Toscano be confused.

Passerina - grape and leaf

It is a very old strain, presumably directly from Wild vines descended. Genetically almost identical to Passerina is the Greek variety Korinthiaki Lefki (Corinthe Blanc, Corinto Blanco, Korinti Lefki). This has already been done by Lambert J. of Babo (1790-1862) in 1844 and later by Pierre Galet detected. However, the two varieties differ slightly in the shape of the leaves and grapes. Presumably there is a Greek origin; a relationship exists in any case 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 grape varieties used at that time in Germany.

Passerina - Picture of Johann S. Kerner

The name derives from "passera" (Italian for sparrow), because of these birds the small, extremely sweet berries are very much appreciated. The synonym name part "debit" (analogously "debt payer") refers to the high yields. The late-ripening vine is prone to Botrytis, but resistant to frost and both mildews, It produces acid-rich, alcohol-rich white wines with aromas of peaches, apples and pears with a slight bitterness, which are also excellent for the production of sparkling wines. The variety is also called table grape used. It is for example in the DOC white wines Controguerra (Abruzzo), as well Falerio dei Colli Ascolani. Offida and Terre di Offida (Trademarks) approved. The Italian acreage in 2010 totaled 894 hectares with an upward trend (ten years earlier it had been 767 hectares).

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

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