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Piedmont Wines: The grape variety Nebbiolo

The Nebbiolo grape variety is the oldest native grape variety in Piedmont and is one of the most important red grape varieties in Italy and in the world.
The grape variety Nebbiolo originally comes from northern Piedmont and was already mentioned in writings from the 13th century. This grape variety has also been cultivated in Piedmont since that time. The name of the Nebbiolo grape variety comes from the Italian word Nebbia (mist), but experts are not entirely sure why Nebbia was the starting point for this naming. Possibly because the grapes are only harvested late in autumn, when there is often already fog on the slopes. Or also because the berries are covered with a light white layer when they are fully ripe, which looks like hoarfrost.

The reason why the Nebbiolo grape variety can best express its great potential in the Langhe region is related to the factors of location, climate and soil.

The Langhe is a lush hilly landscape formed many millions of years ago with a soil made up of many layers of different components. Mainly these are clay-limestone-marl-sand and tufted stone layers. Calcareous marl soils with varying proportions of sand, shell limestone and loam, as found in the Langhe, create the best conditions for the Nebbiolo vine. These different proportions are then also decisive for the differences in taste of the individual layers.

The continental climate that prevails in this region with clearly defined seasons has a decisive influence on the development of the vines and berries. Due to the massive mountain ranges that surround the Langhe, there is a microclimate that has a very positive effect on viticulture. In addition, additional and different microclimates are created by the distinctive hills and valleys of the Langhe. These climatic conditions mean that both the concentration of aromas in the berry skins and the organoleptic properties of the grapes can reach their full potential.

The wines made from the Nebbiolo grape are known for their long shelf life. They are filigree, yet full-bodied wines that enchant every red wine lover with their high degree of harmony and elegance and their diverse and complex spectrum of aromas. Equally worth mentioning are the ingredients that make the Nebbiolo so unique due to their composition. It has a high tannin and acid content as well as a good and high alcohol potential.

 Three different wines are made from the Nebbiolo grapes, namely Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbaresco. The latter two are among the great growths of Italy and are responsible for the worldwide reputation of the Piedmontese wine culture.