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The red grape variety is a new cross between Pinot Noir x Cabernet Sauvignon. The crossing took place in 1982 in Switzerland at the Swiss Federal Research Station Changins near Nyon (Canton Vaud). The medium to late ripening vine is resistant to botrytis. It produces richly coloured, powerful and tannin-rich red wines with spicy aromas of plums and elderberries. The variety is cultivated in the two cantons of Valais and Ticino. In 2016, a total of 11 hectares of vines were reported in Switzerland (Kym Anderson statistics)

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