Trebbiano Abruzzese wine grape

Trebbiano Abruzzese
This is the traditional white variety of Abruzzo in east central Italy, and is used in the production of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, though others are permitted.  It may not be a separate variety at all but a clone of the Puglian grape Bombino Bianco; more comprehensive DNA testing is needed to unravel the mystery.  It seems certain that it is not a clone of Trebbiano Toscano, as was once thought.
 
There are nine varieties called Trebbiano [Something], though three of them have recently been shown to be identical to Verdicchio.  The remaining six don’t seem to be genetically related; what they share is their pale colour, large bunches, late ripening and vigorous growth.
 
It is that last characteristic that seems to be responsible for their name: draibio or draibjo means “vigorous shoot” in medieval Frankonian.  It is believed that these productive varieties were favoured by the agrarian policies of Charlemagne, after he had absorbed most of Italy into his Frankish Empire in the early Middle Ages, becoming Holy Roman Emperor.
 
Trebbiano Abruzzese is especially pale-skinned and doesn’t darken beyond a deep straw-green even when fully ripe.  High levels of polyphenols in its pale skins contribute more flavour that other Trebbianos, but render it prone to oxidation unless care is taken in the winery.

Decanting Club wines containing: Trebbiano Abruzzese

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