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The red grape variety comes from Italy, The name possibly derives from "bruma" (fog) and refers to the white-gray wax coating of the ripe berries (à la Nebbiolo ). Synonyms are Bermestia Nera, Bermestia Rossa, Bermestia Violacea, Bermestia Violata, Pergola Rossa, Prunesta di Ruvo, Prunesta Nera, Prunesta Rossa, Prunesta Rosso Violacea, Uva de Soldato and Uva Rossa di Cagliari. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, it should be a descendant of Pliny the Elder mentioned variety Capnia (means "smoky") act. The one from Pierre Galet put up guess that the variety Bermestia Bianca a white one mutation could be through DNA analysis disproved. Confusingly, there is in Apulia an unrelated table grape variety called Prunesta ( Verjus ). The variety is in Campania cultivated on the Tyrrhenian coast mainly in the province of Reggio. It is mostly used as a blend. The acreage in 2010 was 36 hectares with a strong downward trend (ten years earlier it had been 92 hectares).

Prunesta - 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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