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The red grape variety originates from the border region Italy/Switzerland. The name is derived from the French fumée (smoke) and refers to the waxy layer on the ripe berries. Synonyms are Fumen, Fumin Femmina, Fumin Maschio and Fumin Nero. First mentioned in 1785 under the name Fumen, it is one of the oldest varieties in the Aosta Valley. For this reason, it is classified in Switzerland in the group of old v ines. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2011, it is a parent of the Vuillermin variety, and closely related to the Petit Rouge variety (siblings). The long-cherished assumption that Fumin and Freisa are identical was disproved. The late maturing vine produces a colourful, acidic, tannin-rich red wine with aromas of cherries. It is cultivated in the Italian Aosta Valley, where it is the main variety in the DOC red wine Valle d'Aosta Fumin. In 2016, 25 hectares have been identified with a decreasing tendency (statistics Kym Anderson). Small quantities of cultivation are also to be found in the Swiss canton of Valais.

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