Lambrusco di Corbelli probably corresponds to the Lambrusco di Rivalta di Augusto Pizzi which in 1891 analyzed the sugar content in the must, together with that of other 112 varieties grown in the province of Reggio (in Bellocchi, 1982). This vine was later quoted by Mondini (1899) and in the Ampelografia by Molon (1906). Casali (1915) included in his list of dialect names of plants Reggio name òva Lambrósca éd Corbelli and synonyms òva Lambrósca éd Rivèlta, òva lambrósc fiurintèin, but giving only Lambrusco di Rivalta and Lambrusco Fiorentino as corresponding Italian names. This synonymy was confirmed also by Franceschini and Premuda (1922) and Fornaciari (1924), which identified in Rivalta and its surrounding the areas of cultivation of Lambrusco di Corbelli.
Testimonials of local growers confirm the presence in the area of extensive acreage in the first half of the '900 and describe the subsequent sharp decline, which led to the current presence of a few plants, today in the course of recovery, evaluation and exploitation.
The origin of the cultivar is uncertain. It believed to have been transplanted and spread in Rivalta (RE) in the nineteenth century by the counts Ferrari Corbelli (Losi, 1979). The presence of Lambrusco Barghi in the same vineyards where there was Lambrusco di Corbelli has fueled doubts about which of the two varieties corresponded to Lambrusco di Rivalta, doubts not clarified by the description of bunches and leaves of Molon, which does not correspond perfectly to either vines (Meglioraldi 2014).
The local growers support the hypothesis of synonymy between Lambrusco di Corbelli and Lambrusco di Rivalta, also based on the greater bond of Lambrusco of Corbelli with Rivalta territory, compared to Lambrusco Barghi, more widespread in the area of Albinea.