The red grape comes from the border area Italy (Gorizia) - Slovenia (Goricia). Synonyms are Picolit Neri, Picolit Nero and Piculit Nero. It is not a color mutation the white variety also grown in this area Picolit, You must also not with the name-like Piccola Nera be confused. The variety was developed by the Friulian winemaker Emilio in the 1980s Bulfon in the municipality of Pinzano al Tagliamento (province of Pordenone, region Friuli-Venezia Giulia ) found and revived with the help of the ampelographers Ruggero Forti and Antonio Calò. The medium to late ripening vine is very susceptible to Botrytis, It produces tannic red wines with aromas of herbs, red fruits and vanilla, According to local regulations, it is only grown in the area of the municipalities of Castelnovo di Friuli and Pinzano al Tagliamento. In 2010, 22 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service