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).

Bibliography

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

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