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.

 

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Maceratino
Maceratino
Magliocco Canino
Magliocco Canino
Malbec
Malbec
Malbo Gentile
Malbo Gentile
Malvasia
Malvasia Malvasia: Group of mostly unrelated varieties—17 different “Malvasias” on official list, most white, some red (see Malvasia Nera), one pink (see Malvasia Rosa). Primary white varieties:
  • Malvasia Bianca di Candia: Most-planted Malvasia. Light bodied; high in acidity. Aromas & flavors: White flowers, citrus, green or yellow apple, herbs.
  • Malvasia Bianca Lunga: Primary ingredient (with or without Trebbiano Toscano) in vin santo. Low acidity.
  • Malvasia del Lazio: Aka Malvasia Puntinata. Highest-quality Malvasia. Aromas & flavors: Yellow fruit (peach, mango, banana, passionfruit), sage. Best DOP: Frascati DOC/G. Crossing of Zibibbo and Schiava Grossa.
  • Malvasia di Candia Aromatica: High-quality variety, especially for sweet wines. Aromas & flavors: Aromatic; tropical fruit and spice. Best DOPs: Colli Piacentini DOC, Colli di Parma DOC.
  • Malvasia di Lipari: Primarily used for passito wines. Aromas & flavors: Peach, apricot, honey, orange. Best DOP: Malvasia delle Lipari DOC. Genetically same as Greco Bianco (of Calabria).
  • Malvasia Istriana: Often used for “orange wines.” Minerally. Aromas & flavors: Peach, apricot, pear, wisteria, (with age) diesel. Best DOPs: Carso DOC, Collio DOC, Friuli Isonzo DOC.
Malvasia Nera
Malvasia Nera
Malvasia Rosa
Malvasia Rosa
Manzoni Bianco
Manzoni Bianco
Marsanne
Marsanne
Marzemina Bianca
Marzemina Bianca
Marzemino
Marzemino
Mayolet
Mayolet
Merlot
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Molinara
Molinara
Mondeuse
Mondeuse
Monica
Monica A group of similar but unrelated Sardinian varieties. Gently tannic. Aromas & flavors: Red berries, herbs, tar, tobacco.
Montepulciano
Grapes-MontepulcianoMontepulciano Light to full bodied; soft tannins.  Aromas & flavors: Red cherry, herbs.
Montonico Bianco
Montonico Bianco
Montù
Montù
Moscato
Moscato Moscato Bianco is the most widespread member and probable progenitor of the international Muscat family, a large and varied group that has two major subtypes, Moscato Bianco (Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains) and Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria), as well as pink and red versions—Moscato Rosa and Moscato Nero, respectively. Low acidity. Aromas & flavors: Grapefruit, floral. Best DOP: Asti DOCG.
Moscato Nero
Moscato Nero The Muscat family is a large and varied group that includes the red Moscato Nero as well as pink (Moscato Rosa) and white versions (Muscat of Alexandria aka Zibibbo and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains aka Moscato Bianco.
Moscato Rosa
Moscato Rosa The Muscat family is a large and varied group that has white—Muscat of Alexandria (Zibibbo) and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (Moscato Bianco)—and red versions (Moscato Nero), as well as this intermediate pink subtype.
Mostosa
Mostosa
Müller-Thurgau
Müller-Thurgau

Malbec

Mayolet

Merlot

Monica

Montù

Mostosa