Nebbiolo Nebbiolo is one of Italy's finest grape varieties, capable of making wine of the highest distinction. Rarely grown outside Piedmont, Nebbiolo remains little-known and largely under-valued on the international stage. Nebbiolo's most famous wines are Barolo and Barbaresco from Piedmont, the best of which are extremely long-lived and bursting with scents of tar, violets, roses, prunes and bitter chocolate. Nebbiolo's thick-skinned grapes need plenty of sunshine to ripen fully and, when young, the wines are robust and tannic, needing a minimum of five years in bottle to mellow. These days however, many winemakers are making Nebbiolo wines that are more approachable at an earlier age. Signature Style Deep red in colour with exotic aromas or cherries, tar and roses Famous Examples Cordone Barolo, Manfredi Barbaresco Principal regions Piedmont, Napa Valley Synonyms Spanna, Picoutener, Chiavennasca Did you know? Nebbiolo takes its name from the fog (nebbia) that swirls around the Piedmontese hills at harvest time. Although most famous in Italy, Nebbiolo is also grown in parts of the New World. If you like Nebbiolo, you might also like: Brunello di Montalcino - Italy's most celebrated red and a match for Barolo in terms of body and longevity. Negroamaro - meaning the "Black bitter one" - a strong, dark grape variety with excellent quality potential.