Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Italian red wine grape valued for its deep colour as a blending ingredient, up to 15% in lambrusco and up to 60% in reggiano. It is also widely used throughout central and northern Italy to add colour to wines deemed too pallid for today’s market. Total Italian plantings were 4,342 ha/10,724 acres in 2010 with almost all of it in emilia-romagna. It is also grown in Brazil and the Valais in Switzerland.