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Albarossa

Albarossa is a red grape variety with a fascinating history, originating from Piedmont, Italy. First developed in 1938 by Italian enologist Professor Giovanni Dalmasso, it was initially believed to be a cross between Nebbiolo and Barbera. However, subsequent DNA investigations revealed that its true parent is the lesser-known Chatus (Nebbiolo di Dronero), an Alpine native grape.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

The Albarossa grape produces red wines with an intense ruby red color. The wines are characterized by a vinous nose with spicy undertones and notes of red fruits, particularly cherries. On the palate, Albarossa wines are full and lively, displaying a suitability for aging and the potential to produce exceptional wines. The flavor profile is reminiscent of Nebbiolo's floral aromas such as violet and rose, combined with the red fruit characters commonly found in Barbera. The absence of Nebbiolo's tarry notes sets Albarossa apart, making it a unique and intriguing choice for wine enthusiasts.

Fresh Albarossa grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Albarossa is now registered among the grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the provinces of Asti, Alessandria, and Cuneo in Piedmont. The vine thrives in dry soils, preferably on hills with calcareous soils rich in microelements. It requires good sunlight and ventilation to protect against rot due to its compact bunches. The grape matures in mid-to-late season, producing small, blue-black berries that yield ruby-red wine with purple tinges when pressed. Albarossa has found a place in the Monferrato Rosso DOC, showcasing its quality and versatility.

Foods to pair with Albarossa:

Stew
Pastas
Duck
Fun Fact about Albarossa
Initially underappreciated, Albarossa gained recognition in 2001 as a quality grape of Piedmont, sparking interest among renowned winemakers. Its unexpected parentage and distinct characteristics contribute to the grape's allure and uniqueness in the world of Italian wine.

Top Wines with Albarossa

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Viotti Albarossa

Viotti

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Viotti Albarossa is a premium red wine produced by Viotti winery in the Piedmont region of Italy. The wine is made from the Albarossa grape variety, which is a cross between Barbera and Nebbiolo. The vineyards are located in the hilly areas of the region, where the soil is rich in minerals and the climate is ideal for grape cultivation. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is full-bodied, with a deep ruby color and intense aromas of red fruits, spices, and vanilla. The wine has a smooth and velvety texture, with a long and persistent finish. Viotti Albarossa is a perfect choice for wine enthusiasts who appreciate the complexity and elegance of Italian wines.
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Food Pairing:
beef
pork
pastas
cheeses
vegetables
barbecue
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Marenco Red Sunrise Albarossa

Marenco

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Marenco 'Red Sunrise' Albarossa, hailing from Piedmont, Italy, is a masterful creation by the esteemed Marenco family. Cultivated in the renowned vineyards of Piedmont, where the terroir imparts distinct character, this wine is crafted primarily from Albarossa grapes, a unique Italian varietal. The vineyard's features, including the Piedmontese soil composition and the region's climate, contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. Marenco employs meticulous winemaking techniques, combining traditional methods with modern precision. The result is a wine with a deep, rich hue and a palate that unfolds with layers of dark fruit, nuanced spice, and a velvety texture. 'Red Sunrise' Albarossa encapsulates the essence of Piedmontese winemaking, offering a delightful and distinctive experience for aficionados.
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Food Pairing:
grilled meats
stews
pastas
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