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Uva Longanesi

This grape Uva Longanesi is native of Boncellino (Bagnacavallo, in the province of Ravenna), where the mother plant was discovered by the Longanesi family (known as Bùrson) on their farm. They still produce wine made of this grape. The vine was found climbing around an oak tree, and initially it was thought it was a biotype of Negretto. Uva Longanesi, the Longanesi’s grape was officially recognized within the National Register of Grapevine Varieties in 2000, and its cultivation has since then expanded rapidly in the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Bologna. Uva Longanesi has a black colored berry, medium-large, spherical with blue-black colored skin. Its cluster is cylindrical-conical, elongated, winged, medium compact or loose with medium leaf, pentagonal, five-lobed leaves. The grape Uva Longanesi gives a ruby red wine with violet hues. The scent is fruity with notes of red berries and the taste is slightly bitter, fresh, tannic and well-structured.

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