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Italian name or component of names or synonyms for white and red grape varieties, some of which are not related. Already in the 15th century excellent wines were produced from a variety Rossese Bianco or Roxeise, as the famous natural scientist Andrea Bacci (1524-1600) reported in 1596. He even attributed "magical powers" to Ligurian wines. The name is probably derived from the intense berry colours. There are at least seven varieties in Liguria and Piedmont:

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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