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Name of varietal: Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano)
Common synonyms: Albano, Biancame, Biancone, Blanc Auba, Blanc Bacca, Blanc de Cadillac, Blancoun, Bobiano, Bonebeou, Boriano, Boua, Bouan et Beou, Bragrunha, Branquinha, Brocanico, Bubbiano, Buriano, Buzzetto, Cadillac, Cadillate, Castelli, Castelli Romani, Castillone, Chatar, Chator, Clairette d'Afrique, Clairette de Vence, Clairette Ronde, Coda di Cavalo, Coda di Volpe, Douradina Branco, Douradinha, Elba, Engana Rapazes, Espadeiro Branco, Eugana Repazes, Falanchina, Greco, Gredelin, Hermitage White, Juni Blan, Lugana, Malvasia Fina, Morterille blanche, Muscadet, Muscadet Aigre, Padeiro Branco, Paduro Branco, Passerena, Passerina, Perugino, Procanico, Procanico dell Isola d'Elba, Procanico Portoferraio, Queue de Renard, Rocanico, Romani, Rossan de Nice, Rossetto, Rossola, Rossula, Roussan, Roussea, Rusciola, Saint Émilion, Saint Émilion des Charentes, Saint Émillion, Santoro, Shiraz White, Spoletino, St.-Émilion, Talia, Thalia, Trebbianello, Trebbiano, Trebbiano della Fiamma, Trebbiano di Cesena, Trebbiano di Cesene, Trebbiano di Empoli, Trebbiano di Lucca, Trebbiano di Tortona, Trebbiano di Toscano, Trebbiano Fiorentino, Trebbiano Toscano, Trebbianone, Tribbiano, Tribbiano Forte, Turbiano, Ugni, Ugni blanc, Uva bianca
Parentage of the grape: Ugni Blanc, the same grape as Italy’s Trebbiano Toscano, is related to the Garganega grape of Soave.
History of the grape: Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Trebbia in Emilia-Romangna, for example. It was mentioned in a text as early as 1303. As Ugni Blanc, it was probably imported from Italy into France in the 14th century as part of the trade that took place on the Mediterranean. It really took off: today, it is France’s most planted white variety, beloved for its high yields and equally high acidity. Today, it produces crisp but not terribly interesting table wines, plays a role in many blends, and is made into brandy in Cognac and Armagnac.
Characteristics of the grape: high in acidity and low in alcohol.
Regions where the grape currently is important: virtually all over Italy and France. Also found In Bulgaria, Argentina, etc.
Type or types of wines the grape produces: If you’ve had Orvieto, Frascati, Soave, or any one of hundreds of white wines from the southwest of France or from Provence, you have had Ugni Blanc. Valentini Trebbiano is a notable exception, but usually, this variety produces crisp, refreshing, but not very inspiring table wines.
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