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
Barbera
Barbera Native to Piedmont, but now widespread in Italy and internationally. Low in tannin, high in acidity, and deeply purple in color. Aromas & flavors: Tart red fruit (cherry, raspberry), dried herbs, lavender, underbrush, spices. Best DOPs: Barbera d’Asti and Nizza.
Barbera Bianca
Barbera Bianca
Barsaglina
Barsaglina
Becuet
Becuet
Bellone
Bellone
Biancame
Bianchetta Genovese
Bianchetta Genovese
Bianchetta Trevigiana
Bianchetta Trevigiana
Bianco di Alessano
Bianco di Alessano
Biancolella
Biancolella
Bombino Bianco
Bombino Bianco
Bombino Nero
Bombino Nero Thin skinned, and therefore better for rosato than rosso. Usually added to Negroamaro wines. High acidity; light to medium bodied. Aromas & flavors: Red berries, floral, citrus. Best DOP: Castel del Monte Bombino Nero DOCG.
Bonarda
Bonarda
Bosco
Bosco
Bovale
Bovale Two distinct grape varieties: Bovale Grande and Bovale Sardo. Bovale Grande is similar or identical to Carignano, Bovale Sardo to Spain’s Graciano. Sardo is considered the better of the two. Highly tannic and acidic; can produce deeply colored wines.
Brachetto
Brachetto Aromatic red variety. Light bodied. Aromas & flavors: Sour red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, baking spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), floral notes.

Becuet

Bellone

Bonarda

Bosco

Bovale