Nebbiolo grapes: the origins of the best known Piedmontese wine

Nebbiolo, one of the most famous wines of Alba and Piedmont.



Nebbiolo is used exclusively for the production of wine, which, with the Nebbiolo grape alone, generates a wine of high thickness and character. It has a garnet red color, with a unique scent, which mixes wild berries, spices but also tobacco leaves and leather.
On the palate, Nebbiolo wine has a very strong, powerful taste, which is now refined by winemakers thanks to the wood selection of aging barrels.

The origin of the name Nebbiolo

It seems that the origins of this wine date back to the Middle Ages, where there is the first trace, in 1268, of Piedmontese vines called “Nibiol“. Subsequently, in a document of the ‘600 were found listed all the varieties of black grapes of Piedmont, among which included Nibiol. Thanks to illustrious characters in Piedmont’s literature and nobility, during the 19th century Nebbiolo wine was elevated to a grape symbol of the Langhe.

Concerning the curious name of the grape, there are several possible etymologies on the name, one of which is linked to the presence of prune on the skin of the berries when they are ripe that, in fact, makes them appear covered with “mist“.  Another probable origin, instead, refers to the time of the maturation of the Nebbiolo grape, which happens just when the first mists appear on the hills.

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Nebbiolo grape, a powerful link with Piedmont

The Nebbiolo grape grows from grape varieties that can well adapt to different situations, even if it is always linked to Piedmont and different areas of production, including Monferrato DOC, Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC and Piemonte DOC among the most known denominations. However, there are also Nebbiolo productions in other areas of Italy, such as Lombardy and Valle d’Aosta.

The Nebbiolo grape mostly have uniform features, such as the cluster with a compact and elongated shape, and the medium-small, round berries, whose skin is thin but resistant and, precisely, has a little opacity given by the prune.

The grape matures slowly, with time so long as to expose it to all the atmospheric conditions on the one hand, but on the other hand, it also allows the grape to develop its unique and decisive character. The harvest is one of the last, since it starts only in the second half of October and can reach the beginning of November.

Now, as you know (almost) everything about Nebbiolo, you just have to taste it!

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