Varieties – Alphabetical
The most recent official Italian survey of vineyards, performed in 2010, lists about 440 different grape varieties growing in Italy. But new varieties continue to be recognized, and as of mid-2018, the national registry of grape varieties cataloged 517 winegrapes. A lot of these are not grown in great quantity, but the diversity of grapes in nevertheless astonishing. Below is an alphabetical list of most of the significant varieties, including all varieties with more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres) planted or that feature in a DOP wine.
- Lambrusco di Sorbara: Light bodied, high in acidity. Aromas & flavors: Violet, red currant, strawberry.
- Lambrusco Grasparossa (di Castelvetro): Full bodied, tannic. Aromas & flavors: Ripe black cherry, dark plum, sometimes almond.
- Lambrusco Maestri: Aromas & flavors: Plum, black cherry, chocolate, violet, bubblegum.
- Lambrusco Marani: Tannic. Aromas & flavors: Violet, iris, peony, black currant, red cherry.
- Lambrusco Salamino: Midway between Grasparossa and Sorbara; moderately tannic. Aromas & flavors: Violet, rose, red berries.
- Lambrusco Viadanese: Aka Lambrusco Mantovano.