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Italian wine and grape guide : Piedirosso

Piedirosso

Piedirosso grape is of very ancient origins, and is authochthonal to the Naples area. Some feel that it corresponds to grapes “Colombina” mentioned by Pliny the Elder. The name, in fact, almost certainly comes from the red color of the pedicel that comes with the ripening of the grapes, which commemorates the foot of a dove. Between 18th and 19th century the Piedirosso grape has spread around the Napoletano, in the Avellinese region and in the area of Vesuvius and Mount Somma. Piedirosso grape is vinified alone, or blended with other local grapes like Aglianico or Sciascinoso. It is cultivated in Campania, in the provinces of Caserta, Naples and Salerno. The berry is black, medium-large, spheroid with thick, waxy, red-purple skin. The bunch is medium, medium-large, squat, truncated pyramid, with two wings, sparse, with reddish stalks and medium, orbicular or three-lobed leaves. Piedirosso grapevine has good vigor, medium-early maturity, abundant and regular production. Piedirosso gives an intense ruby red colored wine, fruity with hints of violets, full-bodied, slightly tannic.

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