Italian wine and grape guide : Alionza


The Alionza is a white grape variety of uncertain origin. It is probably of Slavic origin, from which the appellation “Slave grape” which is attributed to it in the Bologna area. Cultivation in the provinces of Bologna and Modena started a long time ago. Alionza was once cultivated along with other local varietals. Today this grape is considered to be an endangered variety since it’s spread on a surface of less than 50 hectares throughout Italy. The white berry is big, spheroid with a waxy, thick, large, yellow skin. Alionza has a large, pyramidal bunch with one or two large wings and medium, pentagonal, five lobes leaves. The Alionza vine prefers well exposed soils and warm climates. It gives a straw colored wine, harmonious, preservable with good body.

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