The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Groppella, Groppello Comune, Groppello Fino, Groppellone and Groppello della Val di Non. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties Groppello dei Berici. Groppello di Mocasina (closely related), Groppello di Revò. Pignola Valtellinese (Groppello di Breganze) or Raboso Piave be confused.
With the name Groppello or similarly, several independent grape varieties are called in Northern Italy. The name is derived from "Gropo", which means "knot" after the dialect after the appearance of the grapes. Groppello Gentile is the most common Groppello variety. It was founded by Andrea in 1596 Bacci (1524-1600) mentioned in his famous seven-volume work "De naturali vinorum historia".
The medium-ripening vine is resistant to frost but prone to real ones mildew and Rebenthripse, It produces ruby red, low tannin wines with a forest berry aroma. The variety is mainly found in the north of Italy Lombardy (Provinces of Bergamo and Brescia) where they grown in the two DOC wines Garda and Riviera del Garda Bresciano is allowed. There are further stocks in the two regions Veneto and Tuscany, In 2010, 326 hectares of vineyards were shown in Italy with an increasing tendency (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service