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 the beginning of 2020, the national registry of grape varieties cataloged 569 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
177822775-Barolo CastleNebbiolo Aka Spanna in northern Piedmont, Chiavennasca in Lombardy, and Picotener in Valle d’Aosta. Italy’s greatest native grape. Garnet with a telltale orange hue. High in acidity, tannins, and alcohol. Extensive aging potential. Aromas & flavors: Flowers (red rose, violet), sour red cherry, cranberry, tea, tobacco, licorice, sandalwood, truffle. Three main biotypes: Lampia (the “real” Nebbiolo), Michet (a high-quality version of Lampia with fanleaf virus), and Rosé (parent or offspring of Lampia; lighter in color, highly perfumed).
Negroamaro High in alcohol. Aromas & flavors: Black fruit, tobacco, shoe polish.
Nerello Cappuccio
Nerello Cappuccio Early ripening; darker in color but less tannic than Nerello Mascalese. Aromas & flavors: Ripe cherry, vanilla, coffee, minerals, slightly floral.
Nerello Mascalese
Nerello Mascalese Light in color; tannic. Aromas & flavors: Sour cherry, tobacco, herbs, minerals.
Neretta Cuneese
Neretta Cuneese
Neretto di Bairo
Nero Buono
Nero d’Avola (Calabrese)
Nero d'Avola Often blended with Frappato. Aromas & flavors: Dark red cherry, herbs.
Nuragus Delicate aromatics. Best DOP: Nuragus di Cagliari DOC.