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The parts of the name Greco which are very often used in Italy and Grechetto in grape variety names do not necessarily have to indicate a Greek origin, but they may do so. In any case, the often very similar names lead to great confusion. Even in DOC/DOCG designations and grape variety statistics, it is often not clear exactly which variety(ies) is/are actually involved; or in some cases this is also contradictory.

But there is also a white grape variety Greco. Synonyms are Asprinia, Asprinio, Asprinio Bianco, Asprino, Greco del Vesuvio, Greco della Torre, Greco di Napoli, Greco di Tufo, Grieco, Grieco di Castelvenere, Ragusano Bianco and Uva Asprinia. However, some of these are listed in the VIVC catalogue as independent varieties. Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Greco Bianco, Guardavalle (Greco Bianco di Cirò), Maceratino, Malvasia Bianca di Piemonte (Greco), Malvasia di Lipari (Greco Bianco di Gerace), Rossetto (Greco Giallo), Trebbiano Giallo (Greco di Velletri) or Welschriesling. According to DNA analyses, Greco is related to Aleatico.

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