Black grape of French origin, very popular in Bordeaux. Even in Italy, was widely grown until the increase of interest in Cabernet and Merlot, which have slightly reduced their use. Malbec has arrived in Italy around the middle of last century, but only find secure dates in 1881, when Count Provana Collegno (Torino) presented his Malbech ampelographic exposure of Pinerolo. It is currently and successfully grown in the Veneto and Friuli.
Viticulture and winemaking
The leaves are large, orbicular, lobed; the cluster is medium sized or large, pyramid-shaped, winged, medium compact; the berry is medium to large, spherical, consistent with black-blue skin. Productivity is affected by seasonal trends, it easily adapts to both long and short pruning. The clay-limestone soils are ideal, compact and dry.
Diseases and adversity
It is sensitive to powdery mildew, botrytis, sour rot and peeling .