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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 2005 DNA analysis the variety Refosco del Botton is identical. To the sort Refosco di Faedis exists one Parent-offspring relationship, The medium to late-ripening vine yields dark-colored, tannin and acid red wines. This is also suggested by the name, because the dialect "tazze lenghe" (taglia-lingua) means "tongue-snatcher". The variety was first mentioned in 1823 in Friuli. After phylloxera disaster it was almost extinct at the beginning of the 20th century. In the late 1980s, the variety was reactivated and is in Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the DOC area Colli Orientali del Friuli authorized. In 2010, 55 hectares of vineyards were reported (Kym Anderson ).

Tazzelenghe - grape and leaf

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

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