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Tazzelenghe grapes

by | Mar 5, 2017

Tazzelenghe is considered as a black skinned grape variety that is indigenous to the region of Friuli-Venzia located in the far northeast of Italy.


This dark skinned grape variety means tongue cutting in the dialect of Friulia and is recognized by the grape’s strong, mouth-puckering tannins as well as acids.

This dark skinned grape variety was planted extensively in the last century throughout the region of Friuli, but unfortunately today the variety is considered to have forgotten.

This dark skinned grape variety is a late-ripening variety of grape that produces the berries which are medium to large in terms of their size.

The whole bunch embraces a conical shape and there are narrow wings present on it. This grape variety is considered as one of the ten famous varieties that have been allowed in the red wines in the Coli Orientali de Friuli DOC of Friuli.

The grapes of this grape variety are used in order to prepare some of the tasteful varietal wines. At the same time, this grape is also used in a number of blends.

It is mostly blended with several Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot as well as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine grape varieties

In all the regions where the plantation and cultivation of the grapes of this variety are carried out extensively, this grape is used in all the DOC and DOCGs there.

The plantation and cultivation of this dark skinned grape variety are confined to the regions of northeast Italy only.

To be more particular, these vines are extensively grown in the Colli Orientali region of northeastern Italy.

The vines of this red wine grape variety perform really well in the hilly areas and therefore they are planted and cultivated particularly in this region, where all the favorable conditions support the vines to grow themselves into some of the amazing grapes that could be further used for the preparation of all kinds of tasteful wines with some amazing characteristics.

The wines produced out of this dark skinned grape variety are full-bodied wines that are considered to be very rustic in terms of all its flavors. The characteristics of these wines are surely tongue-slicing.

This red wine grape variety is also known under a number of synonyms, most notably under the names such as Tacelenghe as well as Tassalinghe.

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This red wine grape variety is considered to be one of a number of grape varieties that were recovered and later brought back to the process of cultivation.

The origin of this red wine grape variety was discovered in the hilly areas of Butterwick and Cividale in Italy.

In fact, today this grape variety is considered to be growing very extensively in this particular region. This grape variety has also been entered in the National Catalogue of Varieties in the year 1977.

It was a famous grape variety during its young days and was also exhibited at an exhibition which was organized by the Friuli Agricultural Society in the year 1863.

Today, the plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety have almost become extinct and it could be found only in a few parts in the regions of Italy.

Wines with Tazzelenghe grapes


The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be superior in terms of all its characteristics.

These wines are traditionally full-bodied wines that appear intensely colored in the hues of purple and red.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be age-worthy wines. These wines entertain good levels of tannins as well as a high acidity which is remarkable.

Also, the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety require time both in the barrel as well as bottle in order to become more smooth as to its texture and further to shape up themselves as approachable.

These wines exhibit different notes of dark chocolate, earthy spice as well as licorice. Their flavors are amazing and the texture is impressive.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety taste the best when they are paired with the food items such as salmi di capriolo friulana, roasted vegetables as well as nuts and dried fruits.


Michael Bredahl

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