Schiava Grossa | Red wine grape native to Italy, a member of the unrelated Schiava group of varieties. As its name suggests it is distinguished by big berries and big bunches; although new clones of Schiava Grossa bear smaller berries. It is the highest yielding of the Schiavas, with more delicate aromas and flavours and higher acidity. Schiava Grossa is a parent (along with Moscato d’Alessandria) of Malvasia del Lazio and (with Riesling) of Kerner. Given DOC regulations, it is difficult to find true monovarietals.

Bibliography

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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p69-70.