The red grape variety originates from Argentina and belongs to the Criolla group (see there the history in detail). The name means "cherry" and refers to the cherry-coloured berries. Synonyms are Ceresa, Cereza Nera, Ceresina, Cerise and Chereza. According to DNA analyses last carried out in 2017, it is a presumably natural cross between Muscat d'Alexandrie x Criolla Chica or Mission (Listán Prieto). The variety Cereza Elipsoidal is the result of a presumably natural cross between Cereza x Listán Prieto. The parentage of the variety Cereza Italica is unknown.
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