Grignolino wine grape

A rare, ancient, pale red grape of Piemonte in northwest Italy, Grignolino used to be quite widely grown but is now largely confined to the Monferrato hills between Asti and Casale, which are probably its birthplace.  It was reported here as early as the 13th century.
The name derives from the Piemontese dialect word gignòle meaning ‘many pips’.  Its fragile, dusty, thin-skinned grapes contain 3 to 4 times as many pips as other varieties.
Grignolino produces very pale reds with high acidity and noticeable tannins, that are nevertheless intended to be drunk young.  They offer fresh red fruit flavours and scents of flowers and herbs.
Small amounts of Barbera and Freisa are often blended with Grignolino to add colour and body.  The two main DOCs for this grape, Grignolino d'Asti and Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese, both allow up to 10% Freisa.

Decanting Club wines containing: Grignolino

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