In Italy Common name (dt "red beard") of grape varieties. in the VIVC catalog Barbarossa Barleta, Barbarossa di Finale / Finalborgo (Barbarossa di Liguria), Barbarossa di Piemonte (Barbarossa di Conegliano, Barbarossa Oval), Barbarossa di Toscana, Barbarossa Précoce ( Chasselas Rose ), Barbarossa Rosa, Barbarossa Rosé ( Barbaroux ) and Barbarossa Verduna ( Grec Rouge ) guided. A first mention of a Barbarossa from Tuscany was made in 1600 by the agronomist Giovanni Soderini (1526-1596).
The name could refer to the color and shape of the grapes. Another version points to the German Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick I (1122-1190), who bore the nickname "Barbarossa" after his beard. This lingered in 1177 on a castle in the Emilia-Romagna, Here in Bertinoro (province of Forlì-Cesena) in an ancient vineyard at the foot of the castle by the winemaker Mario Pezzi (winery Fattoria Paradiso) in 1955 a vine was discovered and selected. This should correspond in shape to the outline of the castle or the beard of the emperor.
According to Wine Grapes becomes a sort Barbarossa of Finalborgo (Verduna, Verdona, Barbarossa Verduna) in Liguria grown in the provinces of Genoa and Savona. After the French Ampelographen Pierre Galet It should be identical to a Barbarossa grown on Corsica. Allegedly, she should be from the Tuscany come. In the regions Apulia and Campania There are two Barbarossa varieties. These are according to DNA analysis different, as well as not (as previously suspected) with the French Barbaroux identical. The up Corsica attached Barbarossa is in the appellations Ajaccio and Vin de Corse authorized. Here she occupied 14 hectares in 2000.
The relationships between all these grape varieties are largely unknown. In the statistics of Kym Anderson No stocks were reported under the name Barbarossa 2010.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012