Groppello di Mocasina is a red wine grape variety typical of the province of Brescia and in the Garda are of Lombardia (Lombardy) in  Italy. It is a member of the Groppello group of grape varieties. It is easily distinguished from the other Groppellos, having the smallest berries and bunches of all. Historically Groppello di Mocasina was blended with other varieties such as Barbera, Sangiovese and Marzemino, because its own (monovarietal) wine is light in colour and low in acidity, while in blends it enhances aromas and textural smoothness.

In the vineyard: Vigorous and productive. Best on hillsides on poor rocky soils allowing good water drainage.

Wine style: More herbal or vegetal compared to monovarietal Groppello Gentile wines.

Wines: Garda DOC. | Riviera del Garda Bresciano DOC. | Valtenesi DOC.

Also known as: Groppello di Santo Stefano, or Groppello Moliner.

Bibliography

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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.143-4.