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The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Refosco del Botton, Tacelenghe, Tassalinghe, Taze Lunghe, Tazzalenghe Nera, Tazzelenghe Nera Friulana and Tazzalingua. According to in 2005 DNA analysis the variety Refosco del Botton is identical. To the variety Refosco di Faedis there is one Parent-offspring relationship, The medium to late ripening vine produces dark colored, tannin and acidic red wines. This is also indicated by the name, because the dialect "tazze lenghe" (taglia-lingua) means "tongue cutter". The variety was first mentioned in Friuli in 1823. After phylloxera disaster it was almost extinct at the beginning of the 20th century. The variety was reactivated in the late 1980s and is in Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the DOC area Colli Orientali del Friuli authorized. In 2010, 55 hectares of vineyards were shown (Kym Anderson ).

Tazzelenghe - grape and leaf

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

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