The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Majolina and Sangallina. DNA analyses carried out by Dr. José Vouillamoz refuted the hypothesis that it is identical to the tempranillo variety. The old variety was formerly widespread in the province of Brescia in Lombardy. The Pusterla winery cultivates the "Vigneto Pusterla" vineyard in the heart of Brescia, at the foot of the castle. The four hectares of land are planted with autochthonous vines, some of which are very rare, and from them the special cuvée IGT "Ronchi di Brescia" is produced. Among them are, for example, the varieties Corva, Groppello Gentile, Invernenga, Marzemino, Schiava Grossa and Maiolina. The Slow Food association defined this vineyard as a cultural heritage site in 2007. Furthermore, in the early 1980s the Majolini brothers (the name of the grape variety could actually derive from this family) revitalized the variety in the municipality of Ome. The two winegrowers produce a limited quantity of wine from it. In 2010, one hectare of vineyard area was designated (Kym Anderson).
The source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: M.I.P.A.A.F - National Vine Certification Service