The white grape comes from Italy; the name means "green". Synonyms are Colombana, Colombana Bianca, Colombia di Picciolli, Paradisa, Bologne Paradise, Paradisiotto, Paradizia, San Colombano, San Colombano Paradiso d'Italia, Vardea and Verdicchio Giallo. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms not with the variety Besgano Bianco (Synonym Colombana Bianca) or Verdeca be confused. There is also no connection with the traditional wine Verdea from the greek island Zakynthos,
The traditional old variety was already in the year 1303 by the author Petrus de Crescentiis (1230-1320), as well as at the end of the 16th century in a work of the agronomist Giovanni Soderini (1526-1596) as "vitigno apprezzatissimo" (much appreciated grape variety) mentioned. The vine is resistant to Botrytis, It will be especially in the Lombardy, and also Emilia-Romagna in the area Colli Piacentini and under the name Colombana Bianca in the Tuscany cultivated. In 2010, 83 hectares of vineyards were reported (Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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