The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Gropel, Gropel Moliner, Groppello di Santo Stefano, Groppello di S Stefano, Groppello Mocasina, Groppello Moliner, Groppello Nera and Groppello San Stefano. With the name Groppello (Gropel, Gropello or similar) several independent grape varieties are called in Northern Italy, whereby the name is derived from "Gropo", which means "knot" according to the local dialect after the appearance of the grapes. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties Groppello dei Berici. Groppello di Revò. Groppello Gentile (according to 2009 DNA analysis closely related) or Pignola Valtellinese (Groppello di Breganze) can be confused.
The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to Botrytis, It produces ruby red, low-tannin wines with a forest berry aroma, which also have aging potential. The variety is mainly used in the Lombardy grown in the area of Lake Garda, where, for example, in the two DOC wines Garda and Riviera del Garda Bresciano is allowed. In 2010, a total area of 81 hectares was reported with a downward trend; ten years earlier it was 120 hectares (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service