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Catalanesca Grape

Catalanesca Grape
Catalanesca grapes

History
This fruit has been named after its geographical origins: it was imported from Catalonia by Alfonso I of Aragon in the 15th century and was planted on the slopes of Mt. Somma, between Somma Vesuviana and Terzigno. On these fertile lands, the grape was soon exploited by the local farmers for wine-making: still today, in the masserie it is possible to find wine presses dating back to the 17th century. Only the exceeding product was used as table grapes. It can remain on the plant until the end of the year: in the past, they used to leave on the plant the most beautiful clusters, gradually eliminating the rotten grapes, so that they could be maintained until Christmas.

Production Area
The territory interested by the production are: Somma Vesuviana, Sant'Anastasia, Pollena Trocchia.

Description
Catalanesca grape grows in clusters of medium size, has slightly tapered grapes and a greenish peel tending to golden yellow when it is completely ripe. It has a white and fleshy pulp, and is very appreciated for its sweet taste. Its high sugar content makes it ideal for wine-making, which is carried out only locally and exclusively at a family level. In 2006 it was officially added to the list of wine-making grapes.

Production Season
It is harvested between October and November.

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