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The first data of the cultivation of vines for the production of quality wine in the hilly areas of the Marca Trevigiana date back to the year 1000; while the first evidence of cultivation of the Glera vine dates back to 1773. An important event for the affirmation of this variety in the hilly area was the selection work carried out by Count Marco Giulio Balbi Valier who around 1870 began a careful selection of the Glera by identifying biotypes with loose bunches, good sugar values and a flavor and taste tending towards aromatic (Balbi biotypes).

Ampelographic Characteristics

  • habit: hanging;
  • sprouts apex: expanded, downy, whitish green with reddish hues at the edges;
  • leaf: medium or larger, pentagonal, wedge-shaped, three-lobed and sometimes five-lobed; V-U petiole sinus closing or closed with overlapping edges, even with the flap extended; Upper page green, opaque, blistered; Grey-green underside, with widespread sub-woolly hair;
  • bunch: more than medium in size, elongated, pyramidal, winged, sparse; peduncle long, thin, herbaceous;
  • grape: medium, spheroid; pruinose, yellowish-golden, slightly dotted, thin, fairly firm and slightly tannic skin, persistent navel; juicy pulp, simple, sweet taste.

Phenological and production characteristics

Budding in the first ten days of April and ripening in mid-September. It has an important vigor and a consistent production. Resistance to disease and other adversities normal; it is on the other hand subject, especially in certain years, to dripping and shot peening; sensitive to water shortages.