The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Ambrostine, Lambruschetta di Sorbara, Lambruso di Sorbara a Foglia, Lambruso di Sorbara a Foglia Verde and Lambrusco Sorbarese. It is named after the municipality of Sorbara-Bomperto in the province of Modena in Emilia-Romagna and is considered the most valuable of the numerous Lambrusco varieties in terms of quality. It is an all-female grape variety that depends on cross-pollination, which is why yields are uncertain. The role of pollinator is often played by the jointly cultivated Lambrusco Salamino variety. The medium to late ripening vine produces cherry-coloured, acidic red wines with intense fruit aromas. These are used for the production of still wines and sparkling wines. It is mainly cultivated in the province of Modena, but also in Reggio Emilia. There it is permitted in wines of the DOC areas Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Mantovano, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce and Reggiano. In 2010, the Italian area under cultivation totalled 1,606 hectares (Kym Anderson statistics).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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