The red grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Doun d'Henry, Doux d'Enry, Doux d'Henri, Doux d'Henry Nera, Doux d'Henry Nero and Gros d'Henry. It should not be confused with the Ciliegiolo variety, despite morphoplogical similarities. It is said to have been named in honour of the French King Henry IV (1553-1610), to whom the wine was given at a meeting with the Italian monarch Charles Emmanuel I (1562-1630). (1562-1630) at the beginning of the 17th century and was praised by the latter. The part of the name "doux" refers to the often sweet ageing of the wines. There are no facts to support a presumed French origin. The early to medium ripening vine is resistant to frost, but susceptible to botrytis and small berry. It is an all-female grape variety. It produces light alcohol, fresh red wines with floral aromas. However, it is also used as table grape. The variety is cultivated in Piedmont, where it is permitted in the DOC area Pinerolese, among others. In 2016, only six hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).
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