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Lambrusco Grasparossa

This red grape variety comes from Italy. It is considered the most aromatic 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 2021, it originates from a presumably natural cross between Cornacchia x unknown father variety. The varieties Lambrusco Grasparossa and Lambrusco di Castelvetro, which used to be considered independent, are identical. The late-ripening vine yields tannin, alcohol and full-bodied red wines 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, 954 hectares of vines were reported (Kym Anderson statistics).

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