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White wine grape variety grown in Apulia

Grillo b.

The vine Grillo b., cultivated for a long time in Apulia, is registered as suitable for cultivation in Murgia Centrale and Arco Jonico Salentino.

Origin and Historical Outline

It seems that the ancient grape variety from wine to white fruit, the Grillo b., had its origin in Apulia. After the phylloxera invasion it found some diffusion in Sicily. From the bibliography we learn that the vine was widespread in the province of Trapani since 1897 (Rizzo, 1951).

In Puglia it has become, over time, less and less important.



Shoot tip: fan-shaped, downy or sub-downy, whitish-greenish.

Leaf: medium, circular or pentagonal, pentalobate with hardly marked lobes. Very narrow V-shaped petiole sinus, also with overlapping lobes.

Bunch: medium-large, cylindrical-conical, often plain but sometimes also winged, medium dense or moderately loose.

Berry: medium, round; compact, slightly pruinose, thin, golden yellow compact skin with reddish pigmentation. Juicy flesh with neutral taste.

Time of bud burst: early

Flowering time: intermediate

Veraison: intermediate

Ripening: intermediate

Vigour: high

Average bunch weight: 430 g (min 310 g – max 570 g)

Average berry weight: 2.8 g (min 2.2 g – max 3.5 g)

Number of seeds per berry: 2 1

Average rachis weight: 14 g

Fertility of buds: 2 – 1

Potential fertility: 1.6

Actual fertility: 1.3

Ensures a good and stable production, using low training systems and short or mixed pruning. Grafting onto Kober 5BB can bring about bud union disorders. Tolerates high temperatures.

Alcoholic content: 11.5 – 13.5 % by vol.

pH: 3.4 – 3.8

Total acidity: 4 – 6.5 g/l

The Grillo b. vine is currently used in Apulia generally only for wine production (in the past, however, it was also partly used for fresh consumption).

The Grillo b. vine is present in Apulia sporadically, in the old vineyards. It is registered among the vines suitable for cultivation in the production areas of the Murgia Centrale and the Arco Jonico Salentino.

Antonacci Donato

The data sheet of the Grillo 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.