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Many scholars believe that the Ciliegiolo grape is autochthonous, cultivated since the year 1200 in the regions of central Italy; another hypothesis, now somewhat discredited, holds instead that the variety arrived from Spain in the nineteenth century. It owes its name to its typical fruity cherry aroma.


It is likely descended from ancient varieties of vitis vinifera, from which the Sangiovese grape also derives.It is grown here and there throughout the region, but it has found its homeland in the area of the Colli Amerini (Amelia hills), in the province of Terni.

For years, the grape has been used to produce blended wines, but in this area it is traditionally vinified in purity, giving rise to young, fragrant. With the introduction of the DOC Amelia and IGT Narni regulations, stricter processing standards have been adopted, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, which have led to the production of fresh, elegant wines characterised by a typical intense ruby red colour and particularly fruity aromas.

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