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Morellino del Valdarno

The red grape variety (also Negrodolce) originates from Italy. It must not be confused with Sangiovese (Morellino) or Morellino del Casentino, despite the fact that it seems to have synonyms or morphological or name-similarities. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2008, there is a parent-offspring relationship between Morellino del Valdarno and Sangiovese (but the most likely parent is Sangiovese). Another analysis from 2012 showed that Sangiovese comes from a cross between Ciliegiolo and the Apulian variety Negrodolce, the latter being identical to Morellino del Valdarno. The final word on Sangiovese's origin therefore does not seem to have been spoken yet. Morellino del Valdarno was once cultivated in Tuscany, but is no longer of any significance today.

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