Indigenous to Italy’s Piedmont region, Grignolino is only a minor grape in its homeland, where it makes light red wines with characteristic herbaceous and floral aromas. Less than 50 acres of Grignolino exist in California, where only a small number of wineries utilize this variety. In the Golden State, the most recognized Grignolino is the rosé, long made by Heitz Wine Cellars.

Your a delicate old gal; some might
even say you're a little frail. Your
pale appearance is deceptive, since
your personality is so sharp and
engaging. You are full of youthful
vitality; it's been a pleasure to
make your acquaintance at the Heitz
Cellar engagements. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • I ran up to Napa for a few days to get away and taste some wines from places ... Port. They also do a nice Grignolino.Next, I went to Prager on the recommendation of the friend who turned me on to Venge, so I trusted him.  I expected "Napa" ports, but they really are doing some special port wines and many made from true port varietals.  Favori... Read More

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  • Heitz Grignolino 2010


    Muscat like nose. Sweet and floral. Light and big strawberry aromas. Light and easy on the palate with good acid. Soft and pretty. Rather Lambrusco-esque. 86 pts.5/10/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Bruno Giacosa Grignolino d'Asti 2004


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    Wine review by Barberesco

  • Braida Grignolino d'Asti 2011


    Richly aromatic, nose of cranberries, red fruits, hay and field herbs. Round full with a slight bitter finish Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino

  • Heitz Cellars Grignolino 2009


    Medium dark, clear red color. Very interesting on the nose--get this citrus, also strawberries. Quite subtle on the palate--still getting the strawberry thing, but it is not overwhelming. The wine is quite light-bodied (for a red) Nice acid, very little tannin. Very mellow finish. $15.99 at Total WInes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Grignolino Sparkling "roseus." Montalbera Grignolino Italy Piedmont Montalbera NV


    Light, refreshing, sexy wine with slight berry notes. Perfect for poolside sipping! Read More

    Wine review by Wendy Crispell

  • Pizzato Reserva Egiodola 2007


    Earthy, floral, violets, perfumed fruit, a bit of grilled steak, candied brown ... Like a blend of Nebbiolo and Grignolino. 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Casa Valduga Ancellota Identidade 2006


    Intense, funky, stemmy, earthy, leathery, a little juniper, rubber, spice, wild ... rust tinged palate, a little Grignolino quality, a bit of earthy oxidation, very austere tannins, powerful finish, more raspberry toned, long, a little minty and rocky on the finish. This is really quite distinctive and interesting. 89p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Disapointed with my search results for Temecula. Most were from 2010...Anyway, we are going on a family vacation in the area and I need some assistance in choosing a few wineries to hit.  Most of my research so far has been the wineries' websites, which are obviously biased.  However, based on this I am thinking about Doffo, Wiens, and Wilson Cr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Temecula in July

  • Tenuta Dei Re Grignolino d'Asti DOC 2011


    I tasted this light bodied Piemonte Grignolino at dinner last night. It struck me for its bright ruby red color, very delicate red berry fruit aromas, especially cranberry. On the palate warm and dry, but fresh and elegant! (I think this winery exports to China) Grignolino goes well with everything from assorted antipasti to creamy cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino

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