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Centesimino

The red grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Alicante del Faentino, Sauvignon Rosso and Savignôn Rosso. The name Sauvignon Rosso, common in Emilia-Romagna until the 19th century, wrongly associates it with Sauvignon Blanc, because it is not a mutation of it. The variety was severely reduced by phylloxera and saved from extinction in the mid-20th century by winemaker Pietro Pianori of Faenza (Ravenna province). His nickname was "Centesimino" (engl. "little cent"), which is why the variety got this new name. The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to powdery mildew. It yields spicy red wines with moderate acidity. The variety is cultivated in the provinces Ravenna and Forlì-Cesena. In 2016, an area of 25 hectares under cultivation was again declared (Kym Anderson).

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