The Monica Vine
Monica is one of the most widespread red grape varieties in Sardinia. Monica leaves are medium sized, orbicular, pentalobed, light green in color, with regular toothed edges. The surface is blistered and the bottom is arachnoid. The cluster is quite large, semi-loose, cylindrical, often winged, with medium-sized, dark purple grapes. The skin is slightly waxy, with a medium thickness, and the juice is colorless with a neutral taste. Monica grapes mature during the second half of September. It is a moderately vigorous vine that requires average expansion training systems and short pruning. The yield is constant and quite high and the vines adapt well to different climatic conditions, even if the best results come from warm climates with dry, calcareous and clay soils. It is resistant to adverse weather conditions and Oidium, while less to the downy mildew.