The red grape variety originates from the border region France/Italy. Synonyms are Beletto Nero, Caunut de Lauzun, Dame Noire, Doucet Noir, Enrageade, Enrageat, Enrageat Rouge, Fekete Folle, Folle, Folle de Nice, Folle Noire, Folle Noire de Nice, Fuella, Fuella di Nice, Fuola, Grassenc, Jurançon Rouge and Uva Fuella di Nice. It must not be confused with Jurançon Noir, Négret Castrais or Négrette (all three also synonymous with Folle Noire), despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities appear to indicate this. The old variety was first mentioned in 1783 under the name Folle Noire. The medium ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis and powdery mildew. It produces colourful red wines with moderate acidity. The variety is cultivated in the Alpes-Maritimes department, south-east of the Riviera, where it is permitted in the Bellet area. In 2010, the area under cultivation was 20 hectares, with an upward trend; ten years earlier it was 4 hectares (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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