The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Colore, Colorino and Colorino di Valdarno. Although synonyms or morphological similarities seem to indicate this, it should not be confused with the varieties Abrusco, Canaiolo Nero, Colorino Americano, Colorino di Lucca or Colorino di Pisa. However, it can be assumed that Colorino vineyards exist in mixed form (ex Wine Grapes). In the VIVC catalogue there is no independent variety, but Colorino del Valdarno is only given as a synmonym for Abrusco. The name Colorino indicates that the dark-coloured, tannin-rich wine pressed from the grapes is often used as a teinturier. The variety is mainly cultivated in Tuscany (provinces of Livorno and Massa Carrara) and traditionally used for the Governo technique. It is mainly used as a colouring variety in the DOCG areas Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and is also cultivated in the regions Lazio, Liguria, Marche and Umbria(Rosso Orvietano). However, no stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson).
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