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The ancient red grape variety (also Balisca or Cocolubis) was from Pliny the elder (23-79) is mentioned and is named after the tribe of the Biturigans, who were based near Bordeaux in the 1st century AD. Apparently it was imported from what is now Spain. Even before Pliny mentioned the variety Columella (1st century BC) under the name Balisca. That for the Cabernet Franc The synonym Bidure used gave rise to the non-verifiable presumption that the Biturica is an ancestor. Equally doubtful is that of the agronomist Lambert Joseph von Babo (1790-1862) conjectured that it was widespread in the Palatinate argant be identical. The native variety was made by Greek ampelographers Volitsa Mavri as a descendant of the Balisca (Biturica) and ancestor of the Cabernet Sauvignon supposed. However, this was refuted by the now clarified parenthood of Cabernet Sauvignon. See also under ancient grape varieties and ancient wines,

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