Noble Nebbiolo

Vino’s wine classes continue on Wednesday with a celebration of a legendary Northern grape

Nebbiolo-based wines are renowned for their ability to age for years... or even decades.

Nebbiolo-based wines are renowned for their ability to age for years... or even decades.

When talk turns to great black grape varieties, in Italy three species invariably crop up. Southern wine drinkers may vote for Aglianico, while Sangiovese rules in Central Italy. But in the Northern regions one variety is king: Nebbiolo.

Nebbiolo on the vine

Nebbiolo is one of the first Piedmontese varieties to bud and last variety to ripen with harvest taking place in mid- to late-October.

Famed the world over for its use in two of Italy’s most celebrated wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, young Nebbiolo is naturally high in tannins thus at its best offers a remarkable potential for aging. Yet many forget that the variety actually goes far beyond these highly revered DOCGs, featuring in wines from some of Piedmont’s lesser-known winemaking zones, including Ghemme and Gattinara in the northern hills of the region.

Though most closely associated with Piedmont, Nebbiolo is also cultivated in Lombardy. Here it is known as Chiavennasca, and is the predominant variety in Valtellina.

piedmont-lombardy map

This map shows the Northern Italian winemaking zones in Piedmont and Lombardy where Nebbiolo prevails.

On Wednesday, May 20, join Nebbiolo authority Robert Scibelli, DWS, as he guides you through this impressive exclusive tasting of some of his (and Vino’s) favorite expressions of this much-admired and unexpectedly diverse variety:

nebbiolo wines

Extra Brut Metodo Classico Rosé NV Deltetto

Chiavennasca 2007 Conti Sertoli Salis

Canavese Rosato Rubiconda 2007 Orsolani

Baccalitt 2006 Conti Sertoli Salis

Carema Le Tabbie 2003 Orsolani

Lessona 1999 Sella

Canua Sforzato di Valtellina 2003 Conti Sertoli Salis

Barbaresco 2004 Castello di Verduno

Barolo Villero 2001 Giacomo Fenocchio

Barbaresco Montefico 1982 Produttori del Barbaresco

Barolo Chinato Cappellano

with Robert Scibelli, DWS
Wednesday, May 20

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email


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