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Falanghina is an ancient white grape variety that flourished during Roman antiquity, and may have been used to make the most famous wine of the era, Falernian. It hails from the Southwest Campania region of Italy and is grown there today, though it is not widely cultivated outside of Italy. It is primarily grown in warm to hot climates and shows adaptability to different soils, as well as resistance to powdery and downy mildew.



Erbaluce is an ancient Italian white wine variety suitable for a variety of wine styles, including sparkling, dry, and passito. It is considered vigorous and productive in Italy, where it is traditionally long-pruned and grown on a pergola. In a San Joaquin Valley trial where the vines were trained to bilateral cordons, spur-pruned, and supported with a two-wire T-trellis, the yields were low, but fruit and wine quality were high. Simulated mechanical pruning greatly increased yields without affecting soluble solids accumulation, so adequate yields should be attainable by adjusting pruning practices.