The Corinto Nero grape, as the name suggests, is a native of Greece, but it is now common in many regions of Europe, but Greece (where it is known as Patras Currant or Kourenti) and Turkey in particular. In France it is called Marine noir.
It is a very ancient vine, already mentioned by Gallo in 1595, who in turn cites Pliny the Elder, who had referred to Corinto Nero as “Red Marina Grape.” Following, Molon (1906) reports about the variety using the name of “Passerina nera.” There are also two other varieties, the Corinto bianco and Corinto rosa (white and rose), less widely used and not related to Corinto Nero, apart from the presumably Greek origin. In the area of Reggiano it is called “Tarmarina”.
The berry is black, small or very small, spheroid with very waxy, tender, red-violet skin. The bunch is medium-small, conical, elongated, sometimes with one or two wings, and a medium-small, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf.
The Corinto Nero grape has poor vigor, vintage mid-early maturing, no particular requirements and is quite resistant to harsh conditions.
The Corinto Nero grape gives a light ruby red wine. The scent is intense, fruity with hints of plum and spicy, with strong hints of black pepper. The palate is fresh, tannic, persistent. It is also used for the production of raisins.