Tai Rosso is a genetic match to the Garnacha of Spain (Grenache in France and many other countries), as are Cannonau and Vernaccia Nera, but all of them have developed in relative isolation for centuries.
Alternative Names and Subvarieties: Tocai Rosso is apparently still the official name of this grape, but it is known as Tai Rosso in the only DOC that uses it, and its white sibling has been renamed to avoid confusion with the protected place-name Tokaji; Alicante, Cannonao, Granaccia
Best Known For: Colli Berici
Where Grown: Primarily in Veneto (41%), Puglia (30%), and Marche (18%)
Regions: Marche, Puglia, Veneto
Vineyard Area: 655 ha (1,618 acres)
Majority Component in One or More Wines of: Colli Berici DOC, IGP Alto Livenza, IGP Barbagia, IGP Colli del Limbara, IGP Colli Trevigiani, IGP Isola dei Nuraghi, IGP Marca Trevigiana, IGP Marmilla, IGP Nurra, IGP Ogliastra, IGP Parteolla, IGP Planargia, IGP Provincia di Nuoro, IGP Romangia, IGP Sibiola, IGP Tharros, IGP Trevenezie, IGP Trexenta, IGP Valle del Tirso, IGP Valli di Porto Pino, IGP Veneto, IGP Veneto Orientale