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Acqui (grape variety)

Synonym for the grape variety Dolcetto; see there

The red grape variety comes from Italy. The name means "little sweets" and refers to the sweet, slightly low acid grapes. Synonyms are Acqui, Bathiolin, Crete de Coq, Dolcetta Nera, Dolcetto a Raspo Rosso, Dolcetto a Raspe Verde, Dolcetto Crni, Dolcetto Nero, Dolcetto Piemontese, Dolchetto, Dolcino Nero, Gros Plant, Nibièu, Nibiò, Ocanette, Ormeasco, Picot Rouge, Plant de Montmélian, Ravanellino, Red-stemmed Dolcedo, Uva d'Acqui, Uva del Monferrato, Uva di Ovada and Uva di Roccagrimalda. Legend has it that in 1303 the Marchese di Clavesana issued an edict from his castle which prohibited, under threat of death penalty, the planting of anything other than Dolcetto in his dominion. The first sure mention of this old, traditional variety was in Dogliani in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont in 1593. A municipal decree prohibited the harvesting of the Dozzeti variety before Matthew's Day (21 September). It...

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