Category: Italian vines

The Nosiola vine

The Nosiola vine is one of the many Italian native grapes, a spectacular and very distinctive variety that enriches the already various northern Italy landscape.
The name of this grape, which reminds the Italian word for hazelnut “nocciola", may come from its typical ending aroma (hazelnut indeed) but also from its typical crunchy and golden berries.

nosiola native grape italian wineNosiola is a white grape variety native of the Trento area, located in Trentino Alto Adige, northern Italy.

Nowadays, it is very widely grown in its original region, Trentino, but can be rarely found outside that area. As for many other native varieties, in fact, we can currently enjoy it thanks to the work of few local vignerons, who have always believed in it and kept growing and caring those vines, despite last decades’ interest for international grapes. Centuries ago, it was a main cultivation for the whole Trentino-Alto Adige, but at the present time, its vineyards are concentrated in the areas of Toblino, in the Lake Valley, on the hills surrounding Pressano.

This, because this variety grows well on poor fluvio-glacial grounds located on the side of a hill, with a temperate climate and windy days. The regions mentioned above correspond to these qualities and are affected by the positive influence of Garda Lake.

Wine made with Nosiola

The Italian native grape Nosiola is used in blends of numerous local white wines, besides being the base of the homonym wine Trentino Nosiola DOC.
There’s another very popular wine made with Nosiola grapes: its thick skin and its predisposition to botrytis, together with a late harvest and a drying period, allow winemakers to produce a high-quality sweet wine called Vino Santo (Trentino Vin Santo DOC). 

Typical traits of Nosiola

Color

Deep yellow

Aroma

Green fruit, blossom

Taste

Green/Stone fruit, hazelnut

Popular pairings with Nosiola

Freshwater fish

Trout, perch

Vegetarian entrées

Pasta with pesto

Soups

Trout and potato soup 

Typical traits of Vino Santo

Color

Deep amber

Aroma

Dried fruit, honey

Taste

Ttropical fruit, honey, nuts

Popular pairings with Vin Santo

Blue cheese

Gorgonzola, Roquefort

Foie gras

 

Local dry pastry

Zelten, crostoli 

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Most grown grapes of Italy (infographic)

We know that Italy is among the world’s biggest producers of wine and is the lead of the sparkling wines exporters chart. It is a very interesting producer also for historical reasons and has a uniquely wide vine panorama, with more than 500 native grapes, grown next to the main international varieties. But what are Italy’s most grown vines? Here’s an infographic with a quick overview!

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What are the main grapes of Italy?

We know that Italy is among the world’s biggest producers of wine and is the lead of the sparkling wines exporters chart, as Prosecco surpassed Champagne in 2014.

Italy is a very interesting producer also for historical reasons and for having a uniquely wide vine panorama, with more than 500 native grapes, besides the main international varieties. But what are Italy’s most grown vines?

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The wine Pignolo: a Friulian native gem

Wine has gone through many different ages in its history, and most of them have seen it as celebrated nectar always enriching the table of rich and noble classes. During the Middle Ages, though, wine has been almost completely forgotten, producing plants destroyed and vines lost forever. Luckily, the Christian Church saved wine from extinction: as wine is a key element in religious functions, clergy kept growing grapes, producing wine and improve the vinification techniques. 

Like many other grape varieties, Pignolo is one of the lucky ones that has been saved just in time.

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The Montepulciano Vine

We just recently began enjoying the products of this amazing vine, as it was considered Sangiovese until the ampelographic analysis of the 1970s. This mistake was probably due to the massive cultivation of Sangiovese grapes in the Montepulciano area, in Tuscany.


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