Forastera is a white-wine grape widely planted in Campania, southern Italy. It is used in both blended and varietal wines, usually contributing aromas of stone fruit such as peach and apricot along with herby maquis, together with a distinctive almond flavor. Varietal Forastera wines are light and fresh and best drunk in their youth.
The islands of Procida and Ischia, just off the coast of Campania, are the main breeding grounds of the variety, and the Ischia DOC allows for varietal Forastera wines under the Ischia Forastera title. More often, however, the grape is blended with Biancolella, another Campanian variety found widely on Ischia. Forastera is also planted on the Italian island of Sardinia, although to a lesser extent.
believe that the name Forastera is derived from the Italian word forestiero
which means "foreign" and could be an indication that the grape
didn't originate on the Campanian islands. However, the first recorded mention
of the grape was on the island of Ischia in the 1877 writings of winemaker
Giuseppe Rovasenda, the Conti di Rovasenda whose ancestors served in the court
of the Dukes of Savoy. Additional late 19th century writings from ampelographer
Giuseppe Froio also described the grape growing in Ischia. Forastera Grapes
also noted back in 1877 that Forastera was also being cultivated in the
province of Bergamo in Lombardy around the town of Grumello del Monte though
the grape is no longer grown there today though this accounts hints that the
"foreign" grape may have a northern Italian origin