Varieties – Alphabetical

The most recent official Italian survey of vineyards, performed in 2010, lists about 440 different grape varieties growing in Italy. But new varieties continue to be recognized, and as of 2016, the national registry of grape varieties cataloged 511 winegrapes. A lot of these are not grown in great quantity, but the diversity of grapes in nevertheless astonishing. Below is an alphabetical list of most of the significant varieties, including all varieties with more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres) planted or that feature in a DOP wine.

 

  1. ALL
  2. A
  3. B
  4. C
  5. D
  6. E
  7. F
  8. G
  9. H
  10. I
  11. J
  12. K
  13. L
  14. M
  15. N
  16. O
  17. P
  18. Q
  19. R
  20. S
  21. T
  22. U
  23. V
  24. W
  25. X
  26. Y
  27. Z
Aglianico
Aglianico One of Italy’s three greatest grape varieties and one of its oldest. Best vineyards are in volcanic soils on mountainous slopes. The three Aglianico DOCGs—Taurasi, Taburno, and Vulture—have separate biotypes. Very high acidity and prominent minerality. Usually quite tannic. Aromas & flavors: Floral (red roses), red fruit (sour cherries), plum (esp. from Vulture), leather and herbs (esp. from Taburno), smoke. Capable of long aging.
Albana
Albana
Albarola
Albarola
Albarossa
Albarossa
Aleatico
Aleatico
Alicante
Alicante
Alicante Bouschet
Alicante Bouschet
Ancellotta
Ancellotta
Ansonica
Ansonica Naturally tannic white grape. Light to medium bodied in Sicily; fuller bodied in Tuscany. Golden color. Aromas & flavors: (Tuscany) Citrus; (Sicily) yellow apple, dried apricot. Best DOP: Elba DOC.
Arneis
Arneis Sweet; low in acid. Straw green color. Aromas & flavors: White flowers, chamomile, peach, pear, apricot, citrus, almond. Best DOP: Roero.
Asprinio
Avanà
Avanà
Avarengo
Avarengo

Albana

Arneis

Avanà