The white grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Rossese and Rossese Bianco. According to in 2013 DNA analysis it may not be with the variety Rossese Bianco from Piedmont or others Rossese varieties (see there) can be confused. The name of the medium-ripening vine is probably derived from the intensely pink 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.
It was once widespread along the Ligurian coast, but was 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, no stocks were shown under Ruzzese (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service