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Lambrusco Grasparossa

The red grape variety originates from Italy. It is considered the most aromatic tasting of the numerous Lambrusco varieties. Synonyms are Grappello Grasparossa, Lambrusco di Castelvetro and Scorzamara. The latter was first mentioned in 1867 in the municipality of Castelvetro in the Emilia-Romagna region. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2005, Lambrusco Grasparossa and Lambrusco di Castelvetro, which had been considered independent until then, were found to be identical. The late-ripening vine yields red wines rich in tannins, alcohol and body with intense aromas. These are used for still and sparkling wines. The variety is mainly widespread in the province of Reggio Emilia, but is also grown in Bologna, Mantova and Parma. It is permitted in wines of the DOC areas Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Lambrusco Mantovano and Reggiano. It is grown in Italy on 943 hectares with a strong downward trend. There is also a small stand of 11 hectares in Argentina. In 2016, a total of 954 hectares of vines were declared (Kym Anderson).

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