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Year 6 | Sunday 20 August 2017

Rossese Bianco


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History:
Rossese Bianco grown in the Cinque Terre was already mentioned by Giorgio Gallesio, a Genoese diplomat with a passion for fruit trees, in his Panorama Italiana published in 1839, where the techniques and difficulties encountered in the cultivation of this antique vine were written. If Rossese Bianco has been preserved, it is thanks to the representatives of two old Ligurian families, Count Nino Picedi Benettini and Mario Maccario.

Diffusion:
In the past it was grown almost exclusively in the Levante Riviera, the Cinque Terre and the Colli di Luni areas in Liguria and in the low hills of Piedmont. Now however, it has a very limited spread, and is found in western Liguria in the province of Imperia.

Morphological characteristics:
The plant does not like humidity coming from the sea, which, if excessive, can result in floral abortion in the flowering stage. Consequently, the bunches are sparse and of a rather small size.


Grape:
They are small and minute, round in shape and of unequal size, with a greenish yellow skin that takes on a reddish hue when it reaches full maturity, usually between late September and early October.