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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Croatina, red grape variety from the borders of the piemonte and lombardy regions of northern Italy. The vine buds and ripens late but yields good quantities of fruity wine with a certain bite, designed to be drunk relatively young. Its common synonym is Bonarda, under which name it has an appetizing red varietal doc in the oltrepò pavese zone of south west Lombardia. The variety is quite distinct from bonarda Piemontese. Total plantings of Croatina were 5,684 ha/14,045 acres in 2010.