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Name of varietal: Picolit
 
Common synonyms: Balafan, Balafant, Blaustengler, Blaustingl Weiss, Kek Nyeliü, Keknyelü, Kel'ner, Peccoleto Bianco, Piccolet, Piccoletta, Piccolit, Piccoliti Bianco, Piccolito, Piccolito Bianco, Piccolito del Friuli, Piccolitt, Piccolitto, Piccolitto Friulano, Picoleto Bianco, Piculit, Pikolit, Pikolit Weiss, Piros Keknyelü, Ranful Weiss, Szabo Istvan, Szod Bajor, Uva del Friuli, Weisser Blaustingl, Weisser Ranful, and Wisellertraube Weiss.
 
Parentage of the grape: thought to be native of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy.
 
History of the grape: Picolit is believed to have ancient origins, though exact details are not clear. Its name is derived from the small (piccolo) yields it produces since it is such a pesky grape to grow, prone to diseases that cause it to spontaneously terminate flowering. Because of its rarity and limited availability, through the centuries it became a prized grape among nobility. It was a favorite with 18th century Count Asquini di Fagagna, who exported it in precious green glass bottles to other parts of Europe and abroad. The Holy Roman Emperor was a recipient of the wine and declared it his favorite. 
 
Traditionally, it is handpicked late in the harvest season for dessert and passito wines of the DOC Colli Orientali di Friuli Picolit. For passito, the picked grapes are left to dry in boxes for up to three months as they further develop concentrated flavors and aromas. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: concentrated honeyed flavors, with peach, apricot and white flowers. 
 
Regions where the grape is currently important: Fruili-Venezia Giulia, in Hungary as Kéknyelű.
 
Type or types of wines the grape produces: sweet white
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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