The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Colore, Colorino, Colorino di Valdarno, Raverusto and Tintiglia. 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. Their originality was confirmed by DNA analyses carried out in 2008. However, it can be assumed that Colorino vineyards exist in mixed form. The name Colorino indicates that the dark, tannin-rich wine pressed from the fleshy, dark-coloured grapes is a popular teinturier.
The variety is mainly cultivated in Tuscany (provinces of Livorno and Massa Carrara). Here the vine is 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 of Lazio, Liguria, Marche and Umbria(Rosso Orvietano). In 2010, 423 hectares were recorded (Kym Anderson).