Synonym: Lambrusco di Spagna, Grappello Maestri.
Commonly mistaken for: none.
Origin: Italian variety, cultivated in the Emilia region, especially around the Reggio and Parma provinces. Its name "Maestri" derives from Villa Maestri in S. Patrizio town, in Parma province (famous zone for the many vineyards made with variety). It has been introduced into some areas of southern of Italy; in fact this vine is very adaptable to different climates and environments.
Agronomic and environmental aspects: It can be adapted to different types of soil with good results, prefers light soils and with a good humidity (natural or induced), but not too fertile because of its good vigour. In Italy quite wide traditional systems are used, and medium-long pruning is required, but good results can also be obtained with spur pruning. The yield is abundant and constant.
Diseases, pests and disorders: Shows a good resistance to most common diseases and good resistance to extreme weather conditions. In some clones the bunches can show “hen and chicken” and variations in bunch density.
Growing tip: fully open, cottony, of whitish green colour with slightly reddish edges.
Leaf: medium size, pentagonal, 3-lobed or orbicular. Has a V-shaped or full open U-shaped petiolar sinus, lateral superior sinuses are not very deep and U-shaped. The profile is flat.
Bunch: medium size, compact, long, of cylindrical form, with one wing and with a medium density of berries.
Berry: small-medium size and spherical or round; skin is thick and strong, of blue-black colour, covered a lot of bloom. [average weight: 1.11g. vintage 2005].
Training system: bilateral spurs cordon (VSP)
The wine is very rich in colour, dry, fresh, full bodied and it can be used for blending. Bottled when young, it becomes rich in colour, agreeable and sparkling.