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The red grape variety originates from France. Synonyms are Ambrosina, Bonifaccenco, Caricagiola, Carignan de Bedouin, Castelino, Carignan de Gigondas, Grosse Rogettaz, Gueyne, Mariscola, Morescola, Motardie, Moustardier, Moustardier Noir, Moutardier, Murescola and Quenoise. Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological or name similarities, it should not be confused with the varieties Aubin Blanc, Aubin Vert or the related Counoise (with which it is often grown mixed in older vineyards and also shares some synonyms such as Quenoise). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2012, it is a parent of the Mourvaison variety. However, the parentage is unknown.

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