Ruggine | White wine grape native to Italy. Ruggine derives its name from the fact that, when fully ripe, the berries have a brownish rusty colour (‘ruggine’ means rust in Italian).
Wines | Emilia-Romagna: only a few hectares, mainly in the countryside around Modena (near the town of Rubbiara).
Viticulture | Medium-small bunches; with small berries. Average vigour. Good productivity.
Wine style | Honeyed, ripe citrus aromas. Average acidity. Delicate herbal flavours on the palate, plus dried apricot and ripe tropical fruit.
See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.204-5.