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The red variety comes from Italy, The name derives from the wasps (Italian vespa), which are attracted by the sugar-rich berries. Synonyms are Balsamina, Canneta, Guzetta, Guzzetta, Inzaga, Inzagre, Massana, Nespolina, Nespolino, Nespoulìn, Novalina, Solenga, Ughetta, Ughetta di Caneto, Ughetta di Canetto, Ughetta di Fassolo, Ughetta di Solenga, Uva Cinerina, Uva di Canneto , Uvetta di Canneto, Uvetta di Fassolo, Vespolino and Vispavola. You may not because of the name similarity with the variety vespaiola be confused.

Vespolina - grape and leaf

According to done in 2004 DNA analysis she is a direct descendant of the variety Nebbiolo, the second parent is unknown. It was in 1787 in one ampelography of Count Giuseppe Nuvolone-Pergamo (President of the Società Agraria di Torino) as mainly in the Piedmont (Gattinara) mentioned. She was after the phylloxera disaster from the beginning of the 20th century increasingly by the more profitable Barbera replaced.

The early to mid-seasoning vine is prone to millerandage and wrong mildew, as well as sensitive to drought, It produces spicy-fruity red wines with moderate tannins. The variety is in the DOC / DOCG red wines Boca. Bonarda dell'Oltrepò Pavese. Bramaterra. Colline Novaresi. Coste della Sesia. Fara. Gattinara. ghemme. Lessona and Sizzano authorized. The acreage in 2010 was 134 hectares with an upward trend.

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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