Ancellotta, native Italian red wine grape variety grown mainly the in flatlands of the Emilia Romagna region of north-central Italy, mainly around Reggio Emilia and to a lesser extent, Modena. Its main role is as a blending component (concentrated musts or bulk wines) in red wines lacking the requisite depth of colour.

The vine | Medium-sized, pyramidal-conical bunches and very large, round, dark berries; the latter often show asynchronous ripening and need plenty of sunlight. It is a fragile variety; it is very sensitive to peronospora (downy mildew), oidium (powdery mildew), and grey rot.

IGT wines | Ancellotta is permitted in a plethora of IGT blends.

DOC wines | Colli di Faenza DOC. | Lambrusco Reggiano DOC. | Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce DOC. | Reggiano DOC.

Wine style | Deep ruby purple. Black fruit flavours (black berry, black cherry).


See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.155.