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This red grape variety comes from the Aosta Valley in Italy on the Swiss border. The name is probably derived from "corniolo", the Italian name for the Cornelian cherry. Synonyms are Broblanc, Cargnola, Cornalino Nero, Cornallin, Corniola,(Italy); Cornalin d'Aoste, Cornalino, Humagne Rouge (Switzerland). Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Olivette Noire (Corniola Nera), Petit Rou ge or Rouge du Pays (Cornalin du Valais). In Switzerland, Cornalin is counted among the Old Growth grape variety group.

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