The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Negretta, Negrettino, Negrettino Bolognese and Negrettino Erioli. It must not be confused with the Uva Longanesi (Negretto Longanesi), Négrette or Tempranillo (Negretto) varieties, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities seem to indicate this. The medium to late-maturing vine is resistant to powdery mildew, but susceptible to botrytis. It produces dark-coloured red wines with little tannin, which should be drunk young as a rule. They are usually blended with the Barbera and Sangiovese varieties. However, the variety is also used as a table grape. It is mainly cultivated in Emilia-Romagna. In 2010, the Italian area under cultivation was 75 hectares, with a strong downward trend; ten years earlier it was 280 hectares (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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