Probably Italy’s most prized grape, Nebbiolo is primarily grown in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. It is the varietal that makes up Barolo and Barbaresco, the King and Queen wines of Italy. Although recently also found in Australia and France, Piedmont remains the most successful region for growing this grape. In Italian, the word Nebbia means “fog”, and Nebbiolo is thought to derive its name from the word nebbia since a deep, intense fog tends to set in during harvest in the region where many Nebbiolo vineyards are located.
Nebbiolo is high in all of tannin, acidity and alcohol, making it a great candidate for ageing. The combination of its robust structure and aromatic profile – of roses, tar, violets, cherries, strawberries, black licorice, and tobacco – makes it a great wine for meat dishes in tomato sauce or game. Aged Nebbiolo has a savory flavour that goes particularly well with dishes with soy sauce.