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Lambrusco Salamino

The red grape variety originates from Italy and is one of the many Lambrusca varieties. Synonyms are Lambrusco a Raspo Rosso, Lambrusco di Santa Croce, Lambrusco di S. Croce, Lambrusco Galassi, Lambrusco Salamino a Foglia Rosso, ambrusco Salamino a Foglia Verde, Lambrusco Salamino a Raspo Verde and Lambrusco Salamino Tenero. The parentage is unknown. The name derives from the cylindrical shape of the grapes, which resemble a small salami. There are at least five different ampelographic varieties with different leaf and stem colours. The late-maturing vine is susceptible to the vine wood disease Esca. It yields colour-intensive, tannin- and alcohol-rich red wines with fresh acidity and fruity aromas. These are used for the production of still and sparkling wines. The variety is mainly grown in the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia, but also Bologna, Ferrara and Mantova. It is permitted in wines of the DOC areas Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce, Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Mantovano and Reggiano. In 2016, a total of 6,228 hectares of vineyards were designated in Italy. It is thus ranked 101st in the world grape variety ranking (Kym Anderson).

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