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White grape variety cultivated in Apulia

Coda di Volpe Bianca b.

The wine variety Coda di Volpe Bianca b., cultivated in Apulia, is present in the center-north of the region and is suitable for cultivation in Capitanata.

Origin and Historical Outline

Several authors (Di Rovasenda, 1877; Rassetti, 1904; Dalmasso, 1937) agree that the origins of the wine variety Coda di Volpe Bianca b. date back to Roman times.

With the name Alopecia was mentioned by Pliny a vine that then took the name of Coda di volpe, for the characteristic curvature that takes the apical part of the cluster, which recalls the tail of a fox. The vine has arrived in the north of Puglia from the neighbouring regions.


Alopecis, Durante, Pallagrello. 

Shoot tip: expanded, fluffy, green with red-purplish spots.

Leaf: large, pentagonal, pentalobate with quite developed lobes. Lyre-shaped petiole sinus; deep, closed lyre-shaped upper lateral sinuses with slightly overlapping lobes; not very pronounced V-shaped, or deep and U-shaped lower lateral sinuses. The upper leaf side is dull green, hairless.

Bunch: large, mostly with short wings, pyramidshaped basal part, cylindrical distal part, curved tip, dense or fairly dense.

Berry: small, regular, sub-spherical, pruinose, compact, green-yellowish skin; juicy or slightly crisp flesh, neutral taste.

Time of bud burst: late

e Flowering time: late

Veraison: late

Ripening: intermediate-late

Average bunch weight: 300 g (min 160 g – max 450 g)

Average berry weight: 1.1 g (min 0.8 g – max 1.4 g)

Number of seeds per berry: 1 2

Average rachis weight: 13 g

Fertility of buds: 1 – 2

Potential fertility: 1.3

Actual fertility: 1.1

Not suited for very long pruning, especially on dry, siliceous or clayey-calcareous soils. Medium or good yield.

Alcoholic content: 11 – 13.5 % by vol.

pH: 3.2 – 3.5

Total acidity: 4.5 – 7 g/l

The grapes of the Coda di Volpe Bianca b. vine are used exclusively for the production of wine and contribute to a number of PDOs in neighbouring regions (Campi Flegrei, Greco di Tufo, Sannio, Taburno and Vesuvio).
The wine is golden yellow in colour, brilliant, with a vinous aroma and a light, pleasant taste.

The Coda di Volpe Bianca b. is mainly grown in Campania. In Apulia it is present in the area in the centre-north of the region and is suitable for cultivation in the Capitanata production area.

Antonacci Donato

The data sheet of the Coda di Volpe Bianca b., revised and updated, is extracted from: Antonacci Donato (2006). Viti di Puglia, Adda publisher. Its use is granted by the author citing the source.