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The white grape comes from Trentino-Alto Adige ( Italy ) or off France, Synonyms are Versailles, White Versailles and White Versailles. The peculiar name could be derived from the local dialect word "verdolen" for "green" in terms of berry color or "versoaln" in connection with the Pergola trellising be derived. A third interpretation refers to a corruption of "Versailles" and the legend that it was introduced from there in the 15th century by Count Schlandesberg, owner of Castel Katzenzungen in the community Tisens Prissian between Bolzano and Merano (province of Bolzano), to northern Italy , Anyhow showed DNA analysis in that the profile does not match any known variety. But she has ampelographic Similarity with Schiava Grossa, The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to both mildews and bunch rot, It produces acidic white wines with aromas of green apples and apricots.

Versoaln - grape

An age old Rebstock is located in the municipality of Tisens Prissian near the stone bridge of the castle and is marked with a sign "the largest grapevine in Europe". According to the legend above, it was already planted by Earl Schlandesberg at the beginning of the 15th century, which would result in an age of more than 600 years. According to the University of Göttingen, the vine is actually "only" 350 years old. It is nevertheless one of the oldest and largest vines Europe (maybe the world), because the huge canopy stretches over 350 m². The ancient plant is from the experimental center Laimburg maintained in Auer / Ora. In the meantime, 100 new offshoots have been planted. Every year, around 500 numbered bottles of wine are made from the vines. See also other superlatives in viticulture below Records,

Image: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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