Ripe Nebbiolo grapes from PiedmontRipe Nebbiolo grapes from Piedmont

Italian late bloomer

Cultivating Nebbiolo is time-consuming. This grape variety, mainly cultivated in Piedmont, ripens very slowly. And when the time comes, fog («nebbia» in Italian) often hangs in the autumnal hills, which explains the descriptive name given to this grape. Besides time, soil is also an important success factor: This demanding grape variety thrives almost exclusively on calcareous marl soil with a south or southwest exposure. Well-known Nebbiolo wines include Barolo and Barbaresco from the Langhe, at the heart of Piedmont’s wine industry. Nebbiolo is typically high in tannins with a lot of acidity. This grape is perfect for cellar wines as the full potential of this intense variety with its complex aromatics becomes apparent after maturing for several years.

Where it grows:

What it tastes like:

  • fruity with notes of sour cherries, herbs, caramel and dried pomegranate seeds

What it pairs (well) with:

  • game
  • roasts of any kind
  • sophisticated truffle dishes
  • a fine mushroom risotto
Wines from Nebbiolo
  1. - +
    Italy, Piedmont
    2017
    100 % Nebbiolo

    75 cl
    Barolo Riserva docg, Riserva, Beni di Batasiolo
    CHF41.50
  2. - +
    Italy, Piedmont
    2016
    100 % Nebbiolo

    75 cl
    Barbaresco docg, Riserva - «Asili», Bruno Giacosa
    CHF425.00 netto n
  3. - +
    Italy, Piedmont
    2020
    85 % Dolcetto, 15 % Nebbiolo

    75 cl
    Bricco del Drago – Langhe doc Cascine Drago, Poderi Colla
    CHF26.50
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