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Schiava Grigia

The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Cenerina, Grauvernatsch, Grauer Trollinger, Grauer Vernatsch, Graur and Vernatsch Grau. The grey colour (grigia) contained in the name does not refer to the berries (they are blue-violet), but to the flowers. The variety is a member of the heterogeneous name group Schiava. It must not be confused with the varieties Schiava Gentile, Schiava Grossa or Schiava Lombarda, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities seem to indicate this. The medium-ripening vine produces fruity red wines with soft tannins and aromas of almonds and violets similar to those of the other Schiava varieties. The variety is cultivated in the Italian regions of Trentino-Alto Adige and Lombardy, where it is permitted in several DOC wines. In 2016, only 4 hectares of vineyard area were left, with a sharp downward trend (statistics Kym Anderson).

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