Centesimino | Red wine grape native to Italy. Centesimino is also known in Emilia Romagna’s Faenza area as Sauvignon Rosso or Savignon Rosso.

Where grown | Emilia-Romagna: mainly planted in the countryside around Oriolo (south of Faenza). Centesimino wine can be labeled as an IGT with the Centesimino name in full view (or more often than not as Savignon Rosso, or Savignon), but also in other IGT wines such as Ravenna Rosso, Emilia, Forlì, and Rubicone.

The vine | Medium-small bunches, medium berries. It is an early-ripening variety, very vegetative but it produces very little.

Wine style | Red berries and sweet spices. Fresh acidity, lively tannins, light-to medium-bodied frame.

Bibliography

See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.167.