The Nebbiolo grape has proven to be one of the most difficult grapes to grow in the world. It shares this honor with Pinot Noir or Pinot Nero. The name, Nebbiolo, derives from the the Italian word for fog, "nebbia." It is harvested later than other grapes (usually in October) when the Langhe Hills in Piedmont are covered with fog. It is this fog which forced the Nebbiolo to evolve into a thick-skinned grape. Within these thick skins, bold and heavy tannins, which allow the Nebbiolo to age, are found.
Growing the Nebbiolo in the northern regions of Italy dates back to 1268. It is used both as a individual grape to produce some of the most sought after wines in the world, and a blending grape in many different DOC and DOCG zones. Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG and Gattinara DOCG (which only needs to be 90 percent Nebbiolo) all utilize Nebbiolo's bold character, along with its tannins, to produce fantastic wines.
Piedmont and Lombardy are the two regions where growing the Nebbiolo grape is most prevalent.
|Red||2006||Bricco Magno Langhe DOC||Villadoria||Piemonte||Dry||£15.00||£15.99|
|Red||2008||Carema Classico DOC||Produttori del Carema||Piemonte||Dry||£15.99||£16.99|
|Red||2007||Barbaresco DOCG||Produttori del Barbaresco||Piemonte||Dry||£25.00||£25.75|
|Red||2005||Barolo DOCG Ravera||Elvio Cogno||Piemonte||Dry||£35.00!||£35.00!|