The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Africano, Angolano, Cordisco, Cordisio, Montepulciano Crni, Montepulciano Cordisco, Monte Pulciano, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano Primatico, Montepulciano Spargolo, Morellone, Sangiovese Cordisco, Uva Abruzzese, Uva Abruzzi and Violone. The parentage is unknown. Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the Sangiovese (Montepulciano Primaticcio) can be confused. The variety Pugnitello is according to DNA analysis genetically identical, but it is listed as an independent variety in the Italian grape variety catalog. The late ripening vine is resistant to Botrytis and wrong mildew, The deep dark red wines are often used as color and tannin-enhancing blending partners.
The variety was named after the city in the Tuscan province of Siena. The DOCG wine produced there Vino Nobile di Montepulciano but is made from the Sangiovese grape. The variety is in the regions Abruzzo. Apulia. Basilicata. Emilia-Romagna. Brands. Molise. Tuscany and Umbria common. There it is approved in numerous DOC / DOCG wines, these include alezio. Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera. Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo. Colli di Rimini. Conero. Copertino. esino. Grottino di Roccanova. I Terreni di Sanseverino. Lizzano. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane. Orta Nova. Ortona. Pentro di Isernia. Rosso Conero. Rosso di Cerignola. Rosso Piceno. Terre Tollesi and Villamagna, In Italy it occupies 34,824 hectares.
There are also smaller stocks in Argentina (85 ha), Australia. Brazil (2 ha), California (29 ha), Malta and New Zealand (7 ha). In 2010, the variety occupied a total of 34,947 hectares of vineyards with an upward trend (ten years earlier it was 28,679 hectares). It thus proves worldwide varieties ranking rank 27.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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