“White” grapes can range in color from yellow to green to light pink when ripe. The wine made from them is called white wine, even though it is never actually white but rather transparent with more or less yellow coloration, sometimes with a greenish tinge. With age or oak contact, white wines become more amber to brown.

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This variety has long been grown intermingled with Coda di Volpe in the Vesuvio DOC, and the two varieties have been confused with one another or considered to be the same. Caprettone was recognized as a separate variety in 2014, but it is still unclear how many vines in the Vesuvius area are Caprettone and how many are Coda di Volpe.
Catarratto Once the most planted Italian white variety, but now disappearing. Two biotypes: Comune (higher sugar, lower acid) and Lucido. Medium to full bodied. Aromas & flavors: Sage, thyme, banana, pineapple, citrus; somewhat bitter finish.
Chenin Blanc
Coda di Volpe
Coda di Volpe Low in acidity; high in extract and color. Austere on volcanic soils; richer and softer elsewhere. May or may not be the same variety as Caprettone, which is the main variety grown in Vesuvio DOC. Aromas & flavors: Peach, pineapple, papaya, honey. Best DOP: Sannio DOC (esp. subzone Taburno).
Cortese Very high in acidity; distinctive minerality. Aromas & flavors: Lemon, mineral, white flowers, herbs. Best DOP: Gavi DOCG (esp. from Rovereto frazione).