The cultured diva
The full name of this white grape is Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13, which indicates its origin. Then-director of the Italian Conegliano Oenology school, Luigi Manzoni, bred this vine in the 1930s from a cross of Riesling and Pinot Blanc. Today, Manzoni is overwhelmingly planted in Italy, with very small quantities planted in Switzerland as well. The main growing areas in Italy are in the Trentino and the Veneto regions, with a total of about 500 hectares planted with Manzoni Bianco.
This vine likes light clay and limestone soils best, and thus its wines tend to be delicately fruity, subtle and elegant.