5 Delicious Italian Grapes You Need To Know

5 Delicious Italian Grapes You Need To Know

Italy is the home of many wonderful grapes, but these particular 5 grape varietals are ones we think you should look out for. When you go to select a bottle of wine, whether to pair with a nice meal or for simply sipping on its own, you’ll have a fine experience if you pick from these. Give yourself an opportunity to enjoy the finer things in life, like, delicious wine.

1. Sangiovese

Sangiovese is the most well-known grape in the Italian grape family. The richly colored, slightly spicy wines the Sangiovese grape produces are often what people think of when they imagine the classic Italian wine that goes well with food, particularly pastas, meats and cheeses.

2. Montepulciano

Montepulciano is the second most common Italian grape. It produces wines of low acidity with mild tannins, making it very drinkable. Wines made with the Montepulciano grape often come at a good price point, while remaining sophisticated and fresh in flavor.

3. Barbera

The Barbera grape grows in the central Piemonte region of Italy. It is the third most popular Italian grape, and makes a wonderful wine to pair with a fine meal. The Barbera grape produces a wine with low tannins and deep color. When blended with other grapes, it brings a fresh astringency to the blend.

4. Trebbiano

The Trebbiano grape is also widely cultivated and produces highly drinkable but often un-distinctive wines. The Trebbiano grape’s high acidity makes it a key ingredient in more fortified wine products like Cognac.

5. Pecorino

Not to be confused with the Italian cheese by the same name, the Pecorino grape is a domesticated version of grapes that grew wild in the Italian mountains. It can be mixed with Trebbiano to produce sparkling white wines.

 

Be sure to look out for these varietals when you want to try a glass of something new. We know you'll be pleasantly surprised you did. 

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