1) Grignolino 2) Prosecco 3) Raboso
4) San Gioveto 5) Sommariello 6) Trebbiano
7) Verdicchio 8) Barbera 9) Dolcetto
10) Frappato di Vittoria
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Dutchman, Pi. Sachs, was the first in vine-growing history to call "ampelography" a systematic collection of varieties of vines.
Ampelography originated as a research instrument to unify under the same designation grapes of the same variety that were called by different names or synonyms on one hand and to apply different names to similar but different grapes on the other.
Ampelography was essential not only to face such critical events for vines as vine-pest but also after weather calamities and frosts.
Abbot Rozier (1734-1793) created the first ampelographic collection that was to become the basis for the classification of vines and grapes and was to be followed by other collections throughout the whole of the XIX centuty: a large number of scientists published precious albums and richly illustrated and etched collections on grapes.
Starting from the turn of the century, etching would be replaced by photographs.
"L'Ampelografia Italiana" ("ltalian Ampelography") (1879-1890), published by Vallis Mareni, displays twenty-eight varieties of grapes and ten Italian vine types:
Grignolino, Barbera, Dolcetto, Sangioveto, Trebbiano, Prosecco, Raboso, Verdicchio Bianco, Sommariello and Frappato di Vittoria.
lt is the finest vine-related work ever compiled in Italy and is now displayed at "La Vigna" International Library of Vicenza.
Tables reproduce grapes as they were towards the end of the XIX century with extreme precision in the drawing of both sides of the leaves and the real size of bunches down to the smallest detail.