This grape variety is complementary in the Valpolicella blends and can contribute to the composition of vineyards from 5% to 30%.
- Semi-erect growth habit.
- Medium-large five-lobed pentagonal leaf with deep upper and lower sinuses; “U” or lyreshaped petiolar sinus; thin flat foliar limb.
- Medium-large cluster, approximately 200 grams in weight, pyramid-shaped, medium compactness.
- Medium-large spheroidal berry with very pruinose black-purple skin.
Phenology and agronomical characterics
Rondinella is a variety with medium bud break and medium-late ripening (end of September - beginning of October). Good, at times high, vigour and good and regular productivity due to the regular fertility of buds. Very good resistance to the main cryptogams of the vine and to rot. Good resistance to water stress and irrelevant sensitivity to sunburn of the berries. Very good suitability of the grapes for drying process.
This variety apparently reached the Veronese area in the 19th century; it is part both of Valpolicella and Bardolino blends. His name seems to originate in the colour of the skin that reminds of the plumage of swallows.
Clone selections today recognized are: Rauscedo 1, ISV-CV 23, ISV-CV 73, ISV-CV 76, VCR 32 and VCR 38.
Excellent graft compatibility rating with Kober 5BB, SO4 and 420A; good compatibility with 1103P; poor with 140 Ru and 41B.