Pliny the Elder’s De Naturalis Historia (Natural History) contains an ampelographic description that is closely reminiscent of this variety. Despite the Norman etymology of its name (“racina soria”, highlighting the golden colour of the grapes), it is not actually mentioned until the 1600s. Later, in the 1800s, ampelographic botanists identified similar black grape vine varieties such as Inzolia Nera and Nzolia Imperiale, but back then before single varietal winemaking, white inzolia grapes were used in the preparation of Marsala together with other native varieties, or sold off for use as table grapes. It is only recently that Inzolia’s aromatic potential when vinified as a single varietal or blended with other grape varieties has been realised

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