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Italian wine and grape guide : Santa Maria

Santa Maria

The Santa Maria grape is a variety present in the DOC Colli Piacentini in the version of “Vino santo”, “holy wine”, of which it is the main component together with the equally little known vine Melara. It has been registered within the National Register of Grapevine Varieties since 1999, and it is an authorized variety of the Emilia-Romagna. Santa Maria, or Saint Mary, has white berries of medium size, yellow-green colored skin of firm texture and neutral flavor. The cluster is small cylindrical or truncated cone, short, medium compact with small pentagonal, five-lobed leaves.