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The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Abbruzzese, Albese, Jonico, Lacrima, Negro Amaro, Nigroamaro, Purcinara and Uva Olivella. The name means "black bitter", which indicates a high tannin content. According to another version, this is a double emphasis (lat. nigra and grch. mavro for black) of the dark berry colour. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, an ancestor was allegedly introduced by Greek colonists as early as the 7th century BC. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2011, however, no relationship to Greek varieties could be established. A parent-offspring relationship to the variety Sangiovese, which had been suspected earlier, was also not confirmed. From a probably natural crossbreeding Malvasia Bianca Lunga x Negroamaro, the variety Malvasia Nera di Brindisi was created.

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