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).

In a nutshell

Alternative Names and Subvarieties: Chiavennasca, Picotener, Prunent, Spanna

Best Known For: Barolo and Barbaresco

Where Grown: Predominantly in Piemonte (81%) and Lombardia (15%)

Vineyard Area: 5,536 ha (13,674 acres)

Denominations that use this grape variety

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