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The red grape variety comes from Italy, The name is derived 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. Because of the similarity in name, it must not be with the variety vespaiola be confused.

Vespolina - grape and leaf

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

The early to medium maturing vine is susceptible 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 and the trend is increasing.

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

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