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Trecenaria

Ancient name (three hundred) for the Lambrusco grape variety; see there.

The Italian term (also Lambrusca) means "wild vine". Already the Roman author Cato the Elder (234-149 B.C.) mentioned a Lambrusco variety and called it "Trecenaria" (three hundredth) because it yielded 300 amphoras of wine per jugerum (equivalent to one morning). Many varieties selected from wild vines and bred further were called Lambrusco. It is therefore neither a single grape variety nor a family of grape varieties, but the term is used in countless grape variety names and synonyms. The many varieties are mostly not related to each other (the same phenomenon also applies to the name groups Malvasia, Muscat, Trebbiano and Vernaccia). Lambrusco varieties are particularly common in the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont, but also in Apulia, Basilicata, Lombardy, Sicily and Trentino-Alto Adige. However, the term is not only used in grape variety names, but also in DOC designations; in some cases, DOC and grape variety names are identical.

Lambrusco wines used to be mass-produced and were the typical everyday drink in Italian restaurants. Especially in the USA, sweet Lambrusco was popular in the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1985 the maximum...

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