Know your wine grapes: Trebbiano

Trebbiano is the second most widely planted grape in the world.


It gives good crop volumes, but tends to yield undistinguished wine. It can be fresh and fruity, but does not keep long.

Its high acidity makes it important in Cognac production. Also known as Ugni blanc, in particular in France, it has many other names reflecting a family of local subtypes, particularly in Italy and France. Trebbiano may have originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, and was known in Italy in Roman times. A subtype was recognized in Bologna in the thirteenth century, and as Ugni blanc made its way to France, possibly during the Papal retreat to Avignon in the fourteenth century. During a series of trials between 1924 and 1930, Trebbiano was crossed with Gewürztraminer to create the pink-skinned Italian wine grape variety Manzoni rosa.

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