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Schiava Gentile

The red variety comes from Italy (South-Tirol). Synonyms include Blue Urban, Kleinvernatsch, Mittervernatsch, Patriarca, Prevedessa, Prevedone, Rother Vernatsch, Schiava Media, Schiava Piccola, Black Urban, Sweetbearers, Urbain Rouge and Tinkerwalkers. Some Italian DOC regulations also mention the names Schiava Gentile Media and Schiava Gentile Grigia. The variety is a member of the heterogeneous name group schiava, With the variety Schiava Grossa exists one Parent-offspring relationship, It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Schiava Grigia or Schiava Lombarda be confused. According to the year 2010 DNA analysis she was the parent of both varieties Lagrein and Malvasia Nera di Bolzano, The variety Red Urban is a color mutation,

Schiava Gentile - grape and leaf

The medium-maturing vine is prone to real mildew and bunch rot, It produces fruity red wines with soft tannins, as well as almonds and violets. The variety is in the regions Trentino-Alto Adige and Lombardy grown and is certified there in several DOC wines. The acreage in 2010 totaled 694 hectares with a strong downward trend (ten years earlier it was twice as much).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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