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Vitovska grapes

by | Apr 21, 2017

Vitovska, also known as Vitouska is considered as an Italian variety of white wine grape which is greenish-gold as to its appearance.

Vitovska

This white wine grape variety occupies the area of Friuli-Venezia Giulia as well as the Karst Plateau in the Slovenian Littoral.

The name of this white wine grape variety is of a Slovenian origin. Mostly, this white wine grape variety is considered as a cross that has been performed in between two different grape varieties namely Malvasia Bianca Lunga and Prosecco Tondo.

Today, the plantation as well as cultivation of this white wine grape variety is mostly carried out in the lower Isonzo as well as Carso regions of northeastern Italy.

This grape is known for the production of dry white wines. This white wine grape variety is considered an ancient variety of grape the production of which has become very rare in nature today.

At present, this white wine grape variety is also planted in smaller parcels in the regions of Slovenia using different styles and patterns.

This production is mostly carried out in the regions of Kras, Primorski, Vipavska as well as Dolina region of Slovenia.

This white wine grape variety is mostly concerned with the plantation as well as cultivation of blends.

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However, the enthusiastic and innovative winemakers today are aiming to produce more varietal forms out of this white wine grape variety and as a result of this; the grape is also used in a number of experimental production of wines.

This white wine grape variety is considered as botanically similar to another grape variety called Ribolla and therefore sometimes it is mistaken to be the same.

The vines of this white wine grape variety show good resistance to cold as well as gusty climates.

At the same time, these vines are also resistant to drought. Both these factors make the vines of this white wine grape variety as a versatile variety of grape.

Also, because of such reasons, the wine-growers favor the plantation as well as cultivation of this white wine grape variety.

In the blends, this white wine grape variety is mostly blended with the varieties of Sauvignon Blanc as well as Malvasia.

Today, the plantation and cultivation of this white wine grape variety remain restricted to the areas of Carso/Kras, Slovenia as well as Italy.

This white wine grape variety is also known under different synonyms of Vitovska Garganja as well as Vitovska Grganja.

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Origin

This white wine grape variety is considered to be a cross performed between two different grape varieties, namely Prosecco Tondo and Malvasia Bianca Rouge.

Moreover, this white wine grape variety is considered to have a Slovenian origin, since the name of this white wine grape variety is believed to be of Slovenian origin respectively.

Characteristics

This white wine grape variety is traditionally and typically used as a blending grape variety by the wine-growers.

However, a number of other wine-growers are proceeding towards exploring the use of this white wine grape variety in various varietal wines.

These varietal wines are sometimes referred to as Vitovska Grganaja and they are produced out of the grapes that are medium as to their size, winged as well as come in compact bunches of round.

Interestingly, the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety entertain a variety of distinctive flavors that include pears, prunes, sage, apples, cherries, stone fruits, citrus, jasmine flowers as well as smoke.

These wines also entertain a level of minerality along with a punch of spice. The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety fall on a drier side and they are mostly medium to full bodied wines.

These wines are considered to be consistent and creamy. Thus, they are preferred by a majority of wine lovers who usually search for consistency in the wines.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are paired with different foods varying different countries.

In Europe, these wines are best paired with Montasio cheese tart known as Frico Friulano. In Asia these wines go well with Japanese citrus called Sudachi and in Australia these wines are sipped along with smoked veggies and orange tart.

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