The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Groppella, Groppello Comune, Groppello Fino, Groppellone and Groppello della Val di Non. Despite seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological She may not share similarities with 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 similar, several independent grape varieties are referred to in northern Italy. The name derives from "Gropo" which, according to one dialect, means "knot" according to the appearance of the grapes. Groppello Gentile is the most common Groppello variety. It was already in the year 1596 by Andrea Bacci (1524-1600) in his well-known seven-volume work "De naturali vinorum historia" mentions.
The medium maturing vine is resistant to frost but prone to real mildew and Rebenthripse, It produces ruby red, tanninarme wines with a forest berry flavor. The variety is mainly in the north of Italy in the Lombardy (Provinces of Bergamo and Brescia) where they are grown in the two DOC wines Garda and Riviera del Garda Bresciano is allowed. Further stocks exist in the two regions Veneto and Tuscany, In 2010, 326 hectares of vineyards in Italy were reported as rising (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service