The red grape variety is a new breed between Cabernet Franc (red) x Prosecco = Glera (White). Synonyms are IM 2-15, Manzoni Nero and Manzoni Rosso. The crossing was done by the breeder Luigi Manzoni (1888-1968) in the 1920s at the Weinbauinstitut Conegliano in Veneto ( Italy ). The vine owes its origin to a coincidence, because actually was the breeder a cross between Prosecco x Sauvignon Blanc had been planned. By mistake, however, Cabernet Franc was used and it became a red variety. True parenting did not occur until 2010 DNA analysis out, because until then was Cabernet Sauvignon adopted as mother strain. The late-ripening vine is resistant to wintry frost, She yields red wines with soft tannins and aromas of black fruits, which are mainly used as blends. The variety is in Veneto grown in the province of Treviso, where they are in DOC wine Colli di Conegliano is allowed. The acreage in 2010 was only 86 hectares, with a strong decline; ten years earlier it had been 166 hectares (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Pictures: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service