Characteristics of the vine
Very vigorous variety, probably originating in the Eastern basin of the Mediterranean, it spread first in Italy and then in France (Ugni Blanc). In our country it is grown mainly in the centre and the South, including the islands; in the North it is cultivated only in warm and sunny areas.
Ampelographic characteristics: the variety population is fair even except for the presence of millerandage sweet strong on some biotypes and the shape of the bunch that can tip or not forking. Bud apex is semi-expanded, fluffy, white with golden reflexes.
Cultural attitudes: vigorous vine with basal intermode easy to break in early vegetative stage. It adapts to different environments preferring warm-dry climates where it can give a good quality product. It suffers from the prolonged summer drought.
Training and pruning: adapts to different types of farming, while preferring pruning medium-long and rich, accepts 3-4 spurs gems in South-Central Italy. In order to avoid breakage, the branches the spalliere shoule be properly linked or inserted into a double strand.
Time of bud burst: long.
Production: abundant and constant; the prolonged summer drought in hot climates reduces the production and the quality of the grapes so adequate irrigation or fresh land are necessary.
Susceptibility to disease and resilience: normal, a little sensitive to mildew. It escapes the late frosts but resents the wind and winter cold.
Oenological potential: it produces a pale yellow with light fragrance of flowers, slender-bodied, lively acidity, quite tasty, good drink although not quaint. We recommend the wine-making or cut with other wine such as Malvasia Toscana, Verdicchio, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Bombino Bianco, etc. widely used for the production of Cognac and Brandy.