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According to an unlikely hypothesis, the distillate obtained from marc was allegedly produced in Italy as early as the 5th century. However, there is documentary evidence that it was produced and exported to many countries in the 15th century. This makes grappa one of the oldest distillates, along with Armagnac and Cognac. During the First World War (1914-1918), grappa was distributed to soldiers in Italy to boost their morale and became an almost heroically glorified national drink after the Isonzo battles. In 1989, at the instigation of the Italian state, an EU regulation stipulated that the name "grappa" could only be used for marc spirits produced in Italy. Finally, in 2002, this was also allowed for the Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland. Various producers get around this by using fancy names such as Grapillon Grapin, Grappina, Grappinot, Grappo and Grappolo.

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