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Malbo Gentile

The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Amabile di Genova, Malbo, Tubino and Turbino. Despite synonyms that seem to indicate this, it should not be confused with the Foglia Tonda variety. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2005, there is a close genetic relationship with the variety Fortana. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, it was brought from California at the end of the 19th century under the name Tubino. The early to medium ripening, high-yielding vine is susceptible to both types of mildew, but resistant to botrytis. It is grown in the Emilia-Romagna region, mainly in the two provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia. There it is permitted in the DOC wines Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro and Reggiano, among others. In 2010, 211 hectares of vineyards were designated with an increasing tendency; ten years earlier, the figure was 106 hectares (Kym Anderson).

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