Ner d’Ala is cultivated in the upper Canavese hills in particular, where it is known as Vernassa. It was only recognised as suitable for cultivation in Piemonte in 2004. It is a very vigorous vine which prefers the extended growing structure and drastic pruning that are traditional in the Canavese area. It also adapts well to less favourable growing conditions, such as late cold spells whereas, particularly in fertile soils, it has a tendency to suffer from mildew because of its compact bunches. It was once considered suitable both for winemaking and for the table, because it kept well and for its particularly pleasant taste. Today it is blended with other local grapes, and particularly with Nebbiolo to produce Carema. When used on its own, it produces a wine with a lively colour and a spicy perfume.

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