The red grape variety originates from Italy and is one of the numerous Lambrusco varieties. Synonyms are Grappello Maestri and Lambrusco di Spagna. First mentioned towards the end of the 19th century, the variety is probably named after the municipality of Villa Maestri in the province of Parma in Emilia-Romagna. The parentage is unknown. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2005, there is a possible parent-offspring relationship with the Fortana variety. The very productive vine produces rustic, tannin-rich red wines with strawberry aromas. These are used for the production of still and sparkling wines. The variety is mainly widespread in the province of Reggio Emilia, but also Modena and Parma. Smaller quantities are also found in Puglia. It is permitted in the DOC wines Colli di Parma, Lambrusco Mantovano, Reggiano and Orta Nova, among others. The Italian cultivation area is 5,610 hectares with a strong upward trend (in 2000 it was 1,362 hectares). In Argentina, it is cultivated on 48 hectares. In 2016, a total of 5,657 hectares of vines were declared. This puts it in 104th place in the global grape variety ranking (Kym Anderson).
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