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The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Moscatellina, Rochè, Romitagi, Rouchet and Rouché. According to a hypothesis, it was said to be French in the 18th century Burgundy after this Piedmont introduced, but for which neither historical nor genetic traces indicate. The early to medium maturing vine is susceptible to real ones mildew, It produces spicy, tannin-rich red wines in violet-ruby red color with floral aromas of violets and roses, The endangered variety was revived in the 1970s. It is mainly in the province Asti cultivated, where in 2011 in Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato even came to DOCG honors. There are also other stocks in the province of Alessandria. In 2010, 100 hectares of vineyards were shown with a downward trend; ten years earlier it was 46 hectares (Kym Anderson ).

Ruchè - grape and leaf

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

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