The red grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Fragermano, Malvasia Casorzo, Malvasia Nera, Malvasia Nera di Casale, Malvasia Nera di Casorzo, Malvasia Nera di Piemonte and Moscatellina. It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with the name part Malvasia (see there). It should not be confused with Malvasia di Schierano or Malvasia Nera Lunga, despite the synonyms or morphological similarities that seem to indicate it. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2020, it comes from a presumably natural cross between Malvasia Aromatica di Parma x Lambrusca di Alessandria. The late-ripening vine produces low-alcohol red wines with aromas of cinnamon, black fruit and citrus. These are mostly used for sweet wines and sparkling wines. The variety is cultivated in Piedmont in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti. There, it is the dominant component in the DOC wine Malvasia di Casorzo d'Asti. The area under cultivation in 2016 was 99 hectares of vines (Kym Anderson statistics).
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