Recently, four more grape varieties with disease resistance have been developed in Italy and officially included in the Ministry of Agriculture's list of wine grape varieties.
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These four disease-resistant grapes were improved by the Edmund Mach Foundation through cross-breeding techniques and have natural resistance genes to fungal diseases such as downy mildew and powdery mildew.
The four new varieties have not yet been officially named, so they are still referred to by the designations F22P9, F22P10, F23P65 and F26P92.
F22P9 and F22P10 are rich in anthocyanins and polyphenols and have an excellent sugar-to-acid ratio, producing full-bodied, tannic and pleasant red wines; F23P65 has good acidity and pH, making it suitable for sparkling wines; F26P92 produces wines with rich aromas and pleasant flavors.