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
Raboso
Raboso Two related varieties: Raboso Piave (aka Friularo) and its offspring Raboso Veronese. Very high in acid, tannins, and anthocyanins (but loses color quickly). Aromas & flavors: Strawberry, black cherry, violet, tobacco, black pepper. Best DOPs: Piave DOC, Piave Malanotte DOCG, Bagnoli Friularo DOCG.
Rebo
Rebo
Recantina
Recantina
Refosco
Refosco Group of unrelated varieties, of which the most significant are:
  • Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso: Rough tannins. Aromas & flavors: Dried red cherry, herbs, almond, flowers (lavender, geranium, violet). Best DOP: Friuli Colli Orientali DOC.
  • Refosco Nostrano: More acidic and less (but smoother) tannins. Aromas & flavors: Flowers (lavender, iris, rose), red licorice, spices (cardamom, cinnamon, marjoram).
Ribolla Gialla
Ribolla Gialla Often used for “orange wines.” Very high in acidity. Aromas & flavors: White pepper, lemon, tangerine. Best DOPs: Collio Goriziano, Friuli Colli Orientali.
Riesling
Riesling
Rondinella
Rondinella Most reliable and least problematic of the Valpolicella varieties. Ruby red color; low in tannin. Aromas & flavors: Neutral, somewhat herbal.
Rossese
Rossese
Rossese Bianco
Rossese Bianco
Roussanne
Roussanne
Ruchè
Ruchè

Raboso

Rebo

Rossese

Ruchè