Nebbiolo is the oldest of Piedmont's grape varieties, apparently celebrated by the Romans, and was certainly a recognised variety by the 16th Century. Impressive wines are made in this region of northwest Italy, where it is well adapted to the calcareous soil, hot summers and foggy autumns. Nebbiolo's claim to merit lies in the dense, long-lived wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is an unusual grape with a tendency to make wines that can be hard to appreciate in their youth, but which with age develop complex, beguiling flavours of prunes, liquorice and truffles.

Nebbiolo is undeniably one of the world's great grapes, but interestingly, despite repeated attempts, no one has succeeded in making such impressive wines with this grape outside the Piedmont region.

The vine itself is tough and vigorous. It ripens very late, a mid-November harvest is not unheard of, which means that it is only grown on the very best south-facing hillside plots. It is trained to grow high to avoid the autumn mists.

Made with this varietal: Etereo