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GrignolinoImmage of the grape

Grignolino is a red grape grown almost exclusively in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. This grape produces dry wines with a delicately perfumed bouquet. The wines are either light fruity red wines or refreshing fragrant roses.  It is at its best when drunk cool and young.  Wines made from Grignolino have high acid levels and light tannins. These are good wines to have with salamis and cheeses of medium seasoning, and also match well with beef. 

The name of the grape comes from a word in the local dialect that means "grape pips" (seeds). It is thought that the name came from the fact that this particular variety has an abundance of seeds in each grape. Grignolino is a slow maturing grape that is best suited for warmer areas that have long growing seasons. It reaches maturity near the beginning of October.

The grape probably originated in northern Italy where the climate matches the needs of the vine and the taste characteristics of these wines match well with the local foods. Outside of Italy, the Grignolino grape variety is an oddity and is not growing in use.