Also known as Olivella, this red wine grape variety is most commonly taken into use alongside the grapes of Piedirosso as well as Aglianico in order to create the country-side wines that are very textured and rich as to their taste.
Apart from blending wines, the use of this red wine grape variety is also carried out for the preparation of the varietal wines.
The varietal wines produced out of this grape variety are considered to be light wines with comprise of herbal as well as red-fruit character.
The name of this red wine grape variety has been given after the olive-shaped and small berries of the grapes.
This red wine grape variety ripens late in their season and they thrive their best in the warm climates found in the regions of Campania.
In this particular region, this red wine grape variety is permitted in the wines of Sannio and Irpinia. At the same time, it is also used as a small blending component in the Vesuvio as well as Costa d’Amalfi wines.
The plantings of this red wine grape variety are dwindling and they move towards a heavier style of wine in this particular part of Italy.
Recently, this red wine grape variety has found its very new glory in the vineyards of Lazio, located near Rome.
In the vineyards of this area, this red wine grape variety is used to produce the varietal wines that are deep in color, but lacking in terms of the level of their tannins.
These wines also carry subtle acidity as well as a hint of bitterness in them. The Lazio IGT is the famous varietal wines that are produced by this red wine grape variety of the area.
As recorded in the year 1999, about 440 hectares of the total area of Italy was concerned with the plantation and cultivation of the vines of this red wine grape variety. This red wine grape variety is also concerned with the preparation of Lacryma Christi wines.
This red wine grape variety is known under a number of synonyms such as Cascolo, Avellinese, Cascolone, Livella, Foscopeloso, OlivellaBastarda, Olivella, OlivellaBastardo, Sancinoso, Olivellone, Sanginoso, Sancionosa, Sanguinosa, Sangionoso, Sarcinosa, Sciascinuso, Sciascinoso, Sciasconoso, Strascinuso, Strascinatolo, Uva Di S. Severino, Uva Di Avellino, UvaSanseverino as well as Uva Pane Rossa.
Not a lot of information has been recorded as to the origin of this red wine grape variety. According to a few studies, this red wine grape variety is believed to be originated in Campania located in the south of Italy.
Today, the plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety is limited in the regions of Italy only.
The clusters as well as berries of this red wine grape variety are considered to be very large as to its appearance.
This cluster is believed to be slightly conical and cylindrical as to its shape. The growing tip of this grape variety is fluffy, open and comes in a reddish tinge.
The leaves of the vines of this grape variety are whitish and hairy. The color of this red wine grape variety ranges from deep blue to violet.
This red wine grape variety ripens a little late but when ripened entirely, it produces some of the most amazing red wines.
This red wine grape variety is said to be producing the wines that are very colorful as to its appearance and are best drunk within a year of its manufacture since they exhibit all their best characteristics during this time.
This red wine grape variety is mostly used in the production of the blending wines where it is usually blended with the famous wines of Aglianico and Piedirosso.
It is prepared as a varietal wine under the DOC of Sannio. However, the blending wines are mostly in fashion.
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