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Abrusco

The red grape variety comes from Italy; the name means "wild vine". Synonyms are Abrostalo, Abrostine, Abrostine Nero, Abrostino, Abrostolo, Abrostolo Forte, Abrusco Nero, Abrusco Nero di Toscana, Abrusio, Color, Colorino, Lambrusco and Raverusto, and although they may appear to be synonyms or morphological similarities, they should not be confused with Colorino del Valdarno (Raverusto) or Muscat Rouge de Madère. The medium-ripening vine produces a colourful, tannin-rich red wine, which is also suitable as a Teinturier (cover wine). It is cultivated in Tuscany on 413 hectares, where it is permitted in the DOC wine Montecarlo. There is a small stock of 1.5 hectares in Australia. In 2016, a total of 215 hectares of vineyard area were designated (statistics Kym Anderson).

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