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Rossignola grapes

by | Feb 22, 2017

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Rossignola is considered as a very famous variety of red wine grape which is mainly grown and planted in Italy.


This grape variety, to be more precise, is grown in the Veneto wine region located in the northeast Italy.

The mention of this red wine grape variety was first of all made in the province of Verona in the early 19th century and today this grape variety has turned out to be a permitted blending grape variety in a number of Denominazione di Originecontrollata (DOC) wines of the regions of Veneto including Valpolicella as well as Bardolino.

The plantation as well as cultivation of this red wine grape variety is carried out all over along the southern-western side of the Lake Garda located in northern Italy.

This particular Garda DOC which makes the use of this red wine grape variety straddles in between the regional border of Veneto and Lombardy and is considered as one of a very few DOCs that has been crossed over from one area to the other.

Thus, it could be considered that this red wine grape variety is a very collaborative and forward-looking variety of grape.

The main use of this red wine grape variety is carried out in the preparation of the red wines of Garda as well as in the DOCs of Garda Bresciano.

In this particular DOC, this red wine grape variety plays a very pivotal role and it forms around 30-60 percent of the total content of this DOC.

It is further complemented by different grapes such as Marzemino, Sangiovese as well as Barbera.

Not only this, the grapes of Rossignola is also used in the DOCs of single variety, however the presence of such DOCs is considered as extremely rare in nature.

Wine grape varieties

This red wine grape variety is also used as a minor component in the preparation of the wines of Valpolicella that are produced across the regional border in the Veneto region.

There are a number of variations of this red wine grape variety and the two most popular of them include Gropello di Mocasina as well as Gropello Gentile.

Talking about the vines of this red wine grape variety, they could be very vigorous and high yielding if they are not kept in regular check by the way of green harvesting and winter pruning.

The vines of this grape variety are susceptible to a number of viticultural hazards that include Esca, downy mildew, powdery mildew, sour rot as well as botrytis bunch rot.

The plantation of this red wine grape variety is mostly carried out in the regions of Italy. As recorded in the year 2000, there were 341 hectares of the total plantings of this red wine grape variety in the Lake Garda as well as Valpolicella region of Veneto in Italy.

This red wine grape variety is known under a number of synonyms such as Gropello, Rossetta, Pulcella, Rossignola della Valee, Rossignola di Montagna, Rossola, Veronese, Rusciola and many others.


This red wine grape variety is known to be an ancient grape variety that marks its origin as early as 1818.

According to a few researches made by the wine experts, this red wine grape variety had a connection with the nearly extinct grape variety Rosetta di Montagna that was cultivated in the area of Lake Garda.

However, the later reports claimed that both these varieties are distinct from each-other.


The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are mostly the medium bodied and they are slightly bitter as to their taste.

In terms of their aroma, they entertain a nutty almond-like fragrance that is sometimes also linked to bitter almonds.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are best characterized as the wines that are beautifully colored and are further infused with a finish of almond which is further accompanied by a citrus fragrance, fresh taste, flowery nose, cranberry essence as well as salty tone.

Because of all their superior qualities, these wines are preferred by a number of people on to their tables.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are paired the best with the food items such as appetizers, soft cheese, salads as well as cold cuts.


Michael Bredahl

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