The Catalanesca grape was imported for the first time in Campania in 1450 from Catalonia by Alfonso I of Aragon, king of the Due Sicilie (Sicily Kingdom)Two Sicilies and was planted on the slopes of Mount Somma, between Somma Vesuviana and Terzigno. The grape Catalanesca had some spread to the beginning of the century, but little of it has survived until the post-phylloxera period and today it lives only in small plots.
It can be found mainly in the San Sebastiano, Massa di Somma, Pollena Trocchia, Somma Vesuvius, St. Anastasia and Ottaviano. Until 2006 it was listed only as table grapes but then it was added to the classification of vine varieties for wine grapes suitable in the Campania Region, and recommended for the province of Naples.
The Catalanesca white berry is medium and ovoidal with golden color peel turned dark-skinned in the parts that are most exposed to the sun. The bunch is medium to long, cylindrical, curved, straggly.
The wine produced from Catalanesca is straw-colored, bright and consistent. Its scents have notes of weaver’s broom, acacia and magnolia.