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The white grape variety originates from Italy. The name is derived from the Ligurian dialect word pigà or pigau and refers to the small dark spots on the berries. It is also mistakenly called Rossese Bianco, but should not be confused with this variety. Pigato is referred to as an independent variety in the M.I.P.A.F. grape varietydirectory, but also as a variety in play (mutation) or as identical to the Vermentino variety as in Wine Grapes and in the VIVC catalogue. In the DOC regulations of Liguria, both Vermentino and Pigato are mentioned. In 2016, however, no stocks were reported under the name Pigato (Kym Anderson statistics).

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