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Italian wine and grape guide : San Lunardo

San Lunardo

The San Lunardo grape’s origins are not very precise. However, it is certain that it has been cultivated on the island of Ischia since 1700. It is believed that the name derives from a religious man who first selected this variety, naming it precisely “Don Lunardo”. Others believe that it comes from local patron saint, “San Leonardo”. The vineyards that contain this variety are becoming less and it is feared that in the future San Lunardo may completely vanish. San Lunardo’s berry is white, small, short, rounded with skin of medium thickness, firm, and yellow-green colored. The bunch is medium, conical, winged, compact or very compact with a medium-large, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf.