The Italian agronomist and Ampelograph Conte Giuseppe di Rovasenda (1824-1913) came from an ancient noble family. He received training for a diplomatic career, but gave it up after a short time and devoted himself entirely to agriculture and especially to viticulture and the exploration of the vines, The first studies he took in 1860 in Sciolze, a small community in the province of Turin, on the estate of his uncle before. He first collected various grape varieties of Piedmont and constantly supplemented them with varieties from France, Germany and Spain. This resulted in a comprehensive collection of varieties all of which were planted on a hill called "Bicocca" in the town of Villonovetta near Turin.
In 1877, his work "Saggio di Ampelografia Universale" was published, detailing 3,666 grape varieties from this world's largest collection of grape varieties near Turin, with many details such as morphology and Maturing time are described. Rovasenda created a network of academics, researchers, breeders, owners of wineries and other collectors. He also worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Royal Academy of Agriculture of Turin, where he was honorary member for life. Rovsenda donated the entire collection of the "Real Scuola di Viticultura e di Enologia" (Royal School of Viticulture and oenology ) in Alba.