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Abrusco

The red grape variety originates 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.Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Colorino del Valdarno (Raverusto) or Muscat Rouge de Madère. This medium-ripening vine produces a colourful, tannin-rich red wine that is also suitable as a Teinturier (colouring wine). It is cultivated on 413 hectares in Tuscany, where it is permitted in the Montecarlo DOC wine. There is a small stand of 1.5 hectares in Australia. In 2016, a total of 215 hectares of vines were designated (Kym Anderson statistics).

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