The red grape variety comes from Italy and is one of the numerous Lambrusco varieties. Synonyms are Grapello Ruperti, Mantovano, Montecchio and Viadanese. It is named after the municipality of Viadana in the province of Mantova in Emilia-Romagna. The late maturing, very productive vine produces rustic, tannin-rich red wines with intense aromas of cherries and violets. These are used for the production of still and sparkling wines. The variety is mainly cultivated in the two provinces of Cremona and Mantova. It is authorised in the DOC wines Lambrusco Mantovano and Reggiano. The area under cultivation in 2010 was 240 hectares.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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