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The name “Maestri” comes from the Villa Maestri, located near San Pancrazio in the territory of Parma in Emilia, which is where this variety is believed to have originated.

It is one of the hardier and more adaptable Lambrusco varieties, and unlike the others, it is more abundant around Reggio Emilia than around Modena or Parma. Plantings in Emilia-Romagna have essentially doubled in the last ten years, as producers are replacing Lambrusco Marani (which delivers less obviously creamy full-bodied wines) with it. Lambrusco Maestri is also planted in Puglia and roughly one hundred hectares are reportedly planted in Argentina as well as some in Australia. Most Lambruscos planted outside of Italy don’t do well, but this one seems to.

In 2005 there was a molecular analysis done and it was found to have a parent-offspring relationship with Fortana. This Lambrusco is characterized by a slightly more compact and smaller bunch and generally is a very copious, dependable producer and ripens slightly earlier than other Lambrusco varieties. Due to its excessive vigor, excessively fertile soils are best avoided; short pruning is preferable.

Area where Lambrusco Maestri is produced

Lambrusco Maestri gives the fruitiest, creamiest, and most immediately appealing, if not the deepest and most complex, Lambrusco wines of all. When well made, the wine has extremely intense purple tones to its deep ruby hue and has an amazingly fruity, almost bubblegum-like quality to its aromas and flavors of dark plums, ripe black cherry, milk chocolate and candied violets. It’s effusively soft and creamy, but with a very fresh grape quality. It is allowed in may DOC blends, such as Colli di Parma, Colli di Scandiano e Canossa, Emilia (or dell’Emilia), Lambrusco Montovano, and Reggiano. IGT blends are numerous, and include Campania, delle Venezie, Forli, Puglia , Rubicone, Salento, and Tarantino.

(1.) D'Agata, Ian. "Native Wine Grapes of Italy
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Ancient capital of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza (1545-1859), the city of Parma has one of the oldest university, since 11th Century. A curiosity: The name of Parma is also linked to a homonymous city located in the United States in the State of Ohio , whose name is due to David Long who in 1826 proposed the new name of Parma in honor of the Emilian city, as he was " impressed by the huge beauty " of this Italian city.