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 in the Roero area. 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. It began to gain recognition in the 1980's when young, innovative winemakers began to explore its potentially.
Unfortunately, the grape is traditionally considered to need to be drunk young, within 2-3 year, but new winemaking techniques Read more »
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