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The white grape comes from Italy, Synonyms are Rossese and Rossese Bianco. According to done in 2013 DNA analysis she must not with the variety Rossese Bianco from Piedmont or others Rossese varieties (see there) are confused. The name of the medium-ripening vine probably derives from the intensively pink-colored berries when fully ripe. It was first discovered by the naturalist Giuseppe Acerbi (1773-1846) in 1825 as one of the most important varieties in the Ligurian area Cinque Terre mentioned.

Ruzzese - grape and leaf

It was once widespread along the Ligurian coast but almost extinct at the end of the 20th century. At the beginning of the 21st century, it was reactivated by a producer in the municipality of Baccano di Arcola (La Spezia). It is now again in small quantities mainly in the province of Imperia in the west of Liguria grown. In 2010, however, under Ruzzese no stocks were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).

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

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