Arneis

Common synonyms: Bianchetta, Bianchetta d'Alba, Bianchetta di Alba, Bianchetto, Bianchetto Albese, Bianchetto di Alba, Bianchetto di Verzuolo, Barolo Bianco, and Nebbiollo Bianco.

Parentage of the grape: Unknown. Planted for centuries in Piedmont.

History of the grape: The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s. Today, many call Arneis the most interesting white grape in Piedmont. But for a long time, little white wine was actually made from it. Instead, it was traditionally used to soften the tannins of the red Nebbiolo (perhaps the real reason it’s nicknamed “Barolo Bianco”) or, worse, to keep the attention of vineyard pests such as birds away from the more profitable red grapes. Finally in the 70s and 80s, great producers such as Ceretto began to make white wines worthy of this fine variety in significant quantity.

Characteristics of the grape: grapefruit, sour apple, white flower; medium acidity. Can be quite substantial in body.

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  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Langhe

      Langhe, which is the plural for the Italian word for “hills” (langa), is a subregion of Pi...

  • Barolo

    Barolo, a.k.a. “The king of wines, the wine of kings” is perhaps the most prestigious wine prod...

  • Langhe Doc

      Langhe, which is the plural for the Italian word for “hills” (langa), is a subregion of Pi...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Barbaresco

      Barbaresco is one of the noble wines of Piedmont, in northwest Italy. It has a history dat...

  • Roero

      Roero is a wine region within the Cuneo province of Piedmont, Italy. It surrounds the dist...

  • Piedmont

      The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Al...

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  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

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  • The expected price ranges quoted are for the lot-quantity of bottles mentioned, ... 2013 Roero ArneisIt’s summer, so it makes sense to include the best example we know of Piedmont’s indigenous white wine. One of the very few Arneis made with native yeasts, this wine is a benchmark for the grape – you can't really say for sure what you think abo... Read More

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  • I'm sorry but I draw the line on California. Chardonnay at $50. Besides, ... Cortese & Arneis coming in at a crisp 12.2. Drinks like a Grüner and a no brainer at this price. Or this Grenache-Syrah blend from Jolie-Laide, a new local (Forestville) label to watch. Love the artwork and love how it  sports a low 13.2 abv. I think it was $36 which f... Read More

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  • Hey OT did you sell the tools that wound up on that label? Very cool.That ... ... for dinner. Started with an Arneis because we all wanted a little white wine after sampling reds for a few hours. Then we moved on to a dolcetto but the first bottle was corked. The second was going through reduction but wasn't faulty and cleaned up okay. Still a... Read More

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  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... light, 2013 Idlewild Arneis Fox Hill Vineyard Mendocino 13.6% $28 Pollen and a hint of dried grass accent the aromas of apricot on the nose. Opening with bright acidity, this displays beautiful fruit on the palate. Theres a little honeycomb, just a little roundne... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • Idlewild Arneis Fox Hill Vineyard Mendocino 2013

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    Pollen and a hint of dried grass accent the aromas of apricot on the nose. Opening with bright acidity, this displays beautiful fruit on the palate. Theres a little honeycomb, just a little roundness, flavors of delicate pears, apricot skin, and a hint of mint underpinned by superb acid. This starts out with sweet fruit, and then ends with a lon... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... or ... ... or South Africa, Italian Arneis, Prosecco, Spanish Albarino,Godello or Viura, Hunter Valley Semillon, Clare Valley Riesling, Margaret River Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, NZ Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Pinot Gris/Grigio, Mornington... Read More

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  •   So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Less tropical than either the first challenge or the second one--match wines to this locale and cuisine ,,, First some scenery, both countryside and urban. Will show different seasons because time-of-year has a great effect on menus in this co... Read More

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  • JD: Had to revisit this thread because yesterday at the end of work hours I ... wanted to then do a round of Arneis, but couldn't locate any on short notice.  (TraderJoe's only Italian white seems to be Pinot Grigio, and WineMine was really low on Italian whites--no Arneis at all.) so we moved right along to Barbera.  I bought one from TJ's ju... Read More

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  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have neighbors who can cook and who appreciate my wine...makes for a nice group effort.Not much time to go over everything in detail, but I continue to enjoy 2011 Barbera d'Alba, and also the 2011 Tommasi Soave that I picked up last minute was a real surprise. I'll be buy... Read More

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  • Arneis is also taking off in Australia. I have 26 wineries producung the variety in Australia on my Vinodiversity database.

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  • Just open a 1998 Fattoria Enotria Arneis that was found in the very back of my cellar almost was going to turn it in cooking wine. But pop the cork and that "Little Racal" was still great the first hit was of crisp apples, paears and funny almost licorice after taste. The group of at the winery finished that bottle off. Now too bad that was th...

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