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The red grape variety originates from Albania. Synonyms are Vlesh, Vloshi and Vlosk. The assumption of an ancestry for Cabernet Sauvignon has not been confirmed by DNA analyses carried out in 2007. The parentage is unknown. The late-ripening vine yields high-alcohol, tannin-rich red wines that are often aged oxidatively in the rancio style. It is also used as table grape. The variety is grown in the area around the coastal town of Narta in the southwest of the country. However, no stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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

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