Italia B
Name of vine variety in France
Italia B or 65 Pirovano was obtained in 1911 by Angelo Pirovano by crossbreeding Bicane B with Muscat de Hambourg N.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in other countries in the European Union.
In France, Italia B is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".

This vine variety is likewise listed in the Catalogues of other European Union member states: Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Italy and Portugal.
Table grape variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 2000 2008 2016
ha 874 858 665 492 161 152 65
Identification signs include:
- the tips of the young shoots have a dense coat of flat-lying hairs,
- the young leaves are yellow and shiny, orbicular adult leaves, 5-lobed, with a U-shaped petiole sinus, open, slightly open or closed; large teeth,  convex sides, absence of anthocyanin coloration of veins; slightly bubbled leaf blade, involute, frizzy on the edges and the underside with a thin cover of flat-lying and upright hairs,  
- elliptical-shaped berries with a slightly muscaté or simple flavor.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 229 243 176 192 256 238 233 251
Allel 2 147 236 247 191 204 258 248 243 271
Bud burst: 5 days after Chasselas.Grape maturity: period III, 4 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Italia B has very strong vigor and grows semi-erect. This variety must be trained and long-pruned.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Italia B is sensitive to downy mildew and grey rot.
Technological potential
The clusters are very large, conical-shaped, moderately compact with large to very large berries. The skins are moderately thick with a firm and juicy pulp with pleasant flavor. Italia B has a good capacity for storage and long distance transportation.
Clonal selection in France
The 4 approved Italia B clones carry the numbers 307, 784, 858 and 918.
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi.
- Documentation interne du Domaine de Vassal. 1949-2011, INRA, Marseillan-plage.
- Cépages et vignobles de France, tome 1. P. Galet, 1990, Ed. Dehan, Montpellier.
Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
307  Non précisée  ENTAV        
Small distribution clone, few available references
784  Non précisée  INRA        
Small distribution clone, few available references
858  Vaucluse  ENTAV        
Small distribution clone, few available references
918  Vaucluse  ENTAV        
Small distribution clone, few available references