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