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Raboso veronese


The bunch is medium-size and long, cylindrical in shape with one branch and usually very compact.
The berries are of average size, blue-black and oval, with a thick, leathery, waxy skin.
The pulp is soft and acidulous.


The history of this grape is fascinating, and it is only recently that studies have pinpointed its origins.
This variety has always been present in the Moletto territory from where we have preserved and propagated the ancient vineyards since the 1960's, when the land for the vineyard was bought.
This vine was present in the provinces of Treviso and Venice as far back as the nineteenth century.
Despite its name, it is virtually unknown in the Verona area. Molon (1906) in fact wrote that "in Verona it is almost unknown, and the name was given by those who first brought it to Noventa di Piave (VE)". In 1925, the ampelographer Norberto Marzotto declared that Raboso Veronese was first brought to the area by Count Papadopoli of San Polo di Piave and Cologna Veneta (VR).
According to the General ampelography of the province of Treviso (1870) Rabosa veronese was grown in the Treviso area with Rabosa nostrana, or trevisana, in other words Raboso Piave, and eventually became more widely used than Raboso Piave.
The Viticultural indications for the provinces of Veneto drawn up by the Experimental Institute of Viticulture and Oenology of Conegliano in 1931 (Dalmasso, Cosmo, Dall'Olio), recommended Rabosa veronese for the provinces of Treviso (lowlands), Venice, Padua, Vicenza and Rovigo.
The origin of Raboso Veronese remained unknown until recently, in particular until discovered by researchers of the Experimental Station of Viticulture and Oenology of Conegliano, Ampelography and Genetic Development Section: Crespan, Cancellier and Giannetto (2004: Raboso Piave and Raboso Veronese: father and son. Journal of Oenology and Viticulture, Conegliano, 57 (1-2): 51-57) and Crespan, Cancellier, Chies, Giannetto, Meneghetti (2006: Identified the parents of Raboso veronese: a new hypothesis on its origins. Journal of Oenology and Viticulture, 59 (1)).
Through the use of molecular biology methods, the researchers were able to prove Raboso Veronese descends from a spontaneous cross between Raboso Piave (the 'mother') and Marzemina Bianca (the 'father').
The study also showed that the Raboso veronese is morphologically much more similar to the maternal parent than to Marzemina bianca. In fact, it appears to be a refined form of Raboso Piave with its less acidic and less tannin-rich grapes, still full of color, and because it matures approximately fifteen days earlier.
Raboso Veronese is an autochthonous grape, registered in the National Register of Grape Varieties under registry number 204.
DOC Piave production requirements, because wines made from Raboso Veronese and Raboso Piave grapes are respectively very similar, generically indicates the 'Raboso' vine as admitted.