A family of about 8 related varieties, one of Italy’s oldest. Primary family members:

  • 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.

In a nutshell

Alternative Names and Subvarieties: Lambrusco a Foglia Frastagliata (Enantio), Lambrusco Barghi, Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Grasparossa (Groppello Grasparossa), Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Montericco, Lambrusco Oliva, Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco Viadenese

Best Known For: Frizzante red wines of Emilia-Romagna

Where Grown: Primarily in Emilia-Romagna (71%) and Puglia (20%)

Vineyard Area: 10,728 ha (26,498 acres)

Denominations that use this grape variety

Majority Component in One or More Wines of:

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