Bondola: general information

general information managed by Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante - CNR
How to cite this source Raimondi S.,Torello Marinoni D., Schneider A., 2014. Bondola. In: Italian Vitis Database,, ISSN 2282-006X
acknowledgments Ager Foundation, Regione Piemonte
botanical information
type of origin
Vitis vinifera
variety group
not available
variety for
Registered in the National Catalogue
documented synonyms (3)
synonyms documented by the Istitution that appear with the eventual support of the literature
  • Bundula (Val d'Ossola, Verbania province)
  • Mohrenkoenig (Central-eastern Europe)
  • Negrone (Val d'Ossola, Verbania province)
released clones
  • shoot
  • leaf
  • bunch
  • berry
Historical references

We find the first mention of Bondola between the red grape varieties of Romance Switzerland in a eighteenth century book in German language (Schinz, 1786) that we can translate so: "Bondola is a grape [with bunch] very short, spherical berries, of nice, sweet and intense flavor, that provides a fine and valued wine.".

The citations for this variety are always limited to the area of the Swiss Ticino canton and the neighboring territories of Piedmontese Val d'Ossola; the 'Negrone' mentioned among the grapes of lower Ossola valley in the late eighteenth century (Albertazzi, 1791), could match to our cultivar that is still cultivated in the same area with this synonym.

Bondola is also a synonym of the Central European variety Mohrenkönig shown by Viala and Vermorel dictionnaire (1910) as a grape from Styria and High Tyrol, also present in Slovenia with other synonyms.

A description of the modern Bondola accompanied by excellent photos has been recently published in Switzerland (Dupraz and Spring, 2010).

distribution & variation

Bondola is currently grown on limited surfaces in Ticino canton and is present in Val d'Ossola only sporadically in the older vineyards.

technological use

Although opposed by the spread of Merlot and other imported varieties most suitable for the production of superior wines, Bondola maintains some importance for the production of wines in the Ticino canton area; these wines are characterized by an intense color, with violet hues and interesting olfactory notes as raspberry, blackcurrant and spice, but sometimes slightly herbaceous if produced from not fully ripe grapes.

bibliographies (4)
authors year title journal citation
Albertazzi J.A. 1791 Il padre di famiglia in casa ed in campagna. Nelle stampe di Giuseppe Panialis (Vercelli).
Dupraz P., Spring J.L. 2010 Cépages: principales variétés de vignes cultivées en Suisse. AMTRA (Nyon).
Schinz H. R. 1786 Beyträge zur nähern Kenntnis des Schweizerlandes. Viertes heft. Bey Joh. Caspar Füessln (Zürich).
Viala P., Vermorel V. 1910 Traité général de Viticulture. Tome VII. Dictionnaire. Masson (Paris).
updated at 2016-11-14 14:25:42 (6 years ago)