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Petit Rouge

The red grape comes from the border area Italy / Switzerland, Synonyms are Orion Gris, Oriou, Oriou Curare, Oriou Lombard, Oriou Petit Rouge, Oriou Picciou, Oriou Voirard, Picciou Rouge and Picciou Rouzo. The Oriou synonyms are different game types, In spite of apparently indicative synonyms, it may not be of the variety Cornalin (Humagne Rouge) can be confused. It is one of the oldest and most widespread varieties in the aosta Valley, Parenthood is unknown. A presumed descent from the Burgundy or a suspected cross between local variety x wild grape is from genetic and morphological View unlikely. The variety becomes a grape variety group in Switzerland Old plants counted.

Petit Rouge - grape and leaf

By done in 2003 DNA analysis it was found that a presumably natural cross between Petit Rouge x Mayolet the variety Rouge du Pays (Cornalin du Valais) was born. The late maturing variety produces dark purple, spicy red wines with soft tannins and emphasized acidity and currant aroma. It is a key ingredient in the DOC red wines Valle d'Aosta Chambave Rosso, Valle d'Aosta Enfer d'Arvier and Valle d'Aosta Torrette. In 2010 it occupied 84 hectares of vineyards with a downward trend.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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