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Information about Verdello

Grape variety Verdello
Synonyms Verdetto
Grape color White grape
Vigor Media
Ripening period End of September - early October.
Productivity Good
Growing areas It is present in Umbria, where it is cultivated mainly in the Orvieto area and around Lake Trasimeno, and, more or less, in Tuscany, almost exclusively in the areas of the Grossetano closest to the Umbrian border, primarily around Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana.
History We do not know the true origin of the vine because there is no documentation in this regard. So the origin leaves space to the most varied hypotheses, from the etymological to the botanical. The etymology of the word presupposes some of its kinship with the Verdelho of Portugal, in particular Madeira. Contrary to this hypothesis, ampelographers who do not see any similarity between the two vines. On the other hand no DNA analysis has yet been carried out and all historical research does not provide any support to the theory. There are, in fact, significant migratory phenomena reported between Madeira and Umbria. No cuttings are reported between the two areas and there is no presupposition for the introduction of varieties in Italy. The theory of Portuguese origin therefore, although it can not be completely discarded, is very unlikely to be confirmed. There remains such a similarity to be ignored. Still remaining on the etymological factor, even other grapes that can recall green do not show any probability of any kinship. Its most likely origin, therefore, remains the native Umbrian, where the name for the coloring of berries should be traced green, even in September, which extinguishes only at full maturation. The most recent official documents on the other hand belong to the late nineteenth century, at a very late age. A description by Tonicello appears only in 1894, then resumed by Malon in 1909. For both writers there is no doubt about the Umbrian origin of the vine which was also introduced in 1949 to the Vitivinic Congress and the Uva Of Perugia where it was still declared autochthonous.
Features ampelographic Medium leaf, orbicular, pentalobata; Medium-large cluster, pyramidal, winged, very compact; Medium medium-small, spherical, with thick, thick, medium-pronged, yellow-greenish brown streaked skin. It prefers hilly, good, ventilated, medium-fertile, fresh, clayey and calcareous hilly terrain, showing poor adaptability to droughts and high sensitivity to ozone and botrytis; Is able to ensure a good and regular production.
Features wine It is always used in vinification with other varieties, never in purity, primarily with the Tuscan Trebbiano and the Grechetto. It delivers wines with fruity scent and bitter flavor, and in cuts it is able to give a certain acidity together with a good texture. It has always been used, for this purpose, in the grape wine of Doc Orvieto.
Notes It can be served with both grilled vegetables and lake fish, but it also works well with hard cheeses and crustaceans. Finally, fine with soups.

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