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Grignolino

Grignolino is a red grape variety originating in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. It produces light-bodied wines with a distinctive, slightly bitter finish.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Grignolino grapes are small and round, and range in colour from pink to light red. They produce wines that are pale to medium ruby in colour. The wines have a light body and medium to high acidity, with aromas of red fruit, herbs, spices, and a slight bitter almond note. On the palate, the wines are light and fresh, with flavours of cherry, raspberry, and a slightly bitter finish.

Fresh Grignolino grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Grignolino is mainly grown in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, where it is used in blends and as a single variety. Grignolino grapes are mid to late ripening but sometimes ripen unevenly. Susceptible to powdery mildew and especially to botrytis bunch rot and sour rot. The wines are usually made in a lighter style, with a short maceration period of one to two days. In Piedmont, Grignolino wines are often made as a single varietal or in a blend with Barbera and Bonarda. They are light-bodied, with a distinctive bitter finish. Grignolino wines are best enjoyed with lighter dishes, such as salads, grilled vegetables, white meat, and fish. They also pair well with cheese and charcuterie.

Foods to pair with Grignolino:

Pizza
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Grignolino
Linguists claim that Grignolino derives from the Piedmontese dialect grignolè, which translates as grimacing and gnashing of teeth—an onomatopoeic reference to the sometimes robust acidity and dominance of tannins.

Top Wines with Grignolino

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Heitz Cellar Grignolino

Heitz Cellar

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Heitz Cellar Grignolino is a unique and delicious wine produced by Heitz Cellar, a renowned winery in Napa Valley, California. This wine is made from the Grignolino grape, which is grown in the winery's estate vineyards in the heart of the valley. The vineyards are known for their well-draining soils and ideal climate, which allow the grapes to ripen slowly and develop complex flavors. The winemaking process involves gentle handling of the grapes and minimal intervention, resulting in a wine that is light-bodied, refreshing, and bursting with flavors of red fruit, herbs, and spices. Heitz Cellar Grignolino is a perfect choice for those who appreciate unique and elegant wines that showcase the best of Napa Valley.
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Castello di Neive Piemonte Grignolino

Castello di Neive

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Castello di Neive Piemonte Grignolino is a high-quality red wine produced by the renowned Castello di Neive winery in the Piedmont region of Italy. This wine is made from the Grignolino grape variety, which is grown in the winery's vineyards that are situated in the hilly areas of the region. The winemakers use traditional winemaking techniques to produce a wine that is light-bodied, refreshing, and has a distinctive aroma of red fruits and spices. The wine has a bright ruby color and a dry, crisp finish that makes it an excellent choice for pairing with a variety of foods. Overall, Castello di Neive Piemonte Grignolino is a wine that showcases the best of Piedmont's winemaking traditions and is a must-try for any wine enthusiast.
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cheeses
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Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino d'Asti

Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino d'Asti is a delightful red wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. Produced by the esteemed Francesco Rinaldi & Figli winery, this wine is made from the Grignolino grape variety grown in the Asti appellation. The vineyards are situated on hilly terrain, which provides excellent drainage and exposure to sunlight, resulting in grapes with concentrated flavors and aromas. The winemaking process involves a traditional approach, with careful attention paid to every detail, resulting in a wine that is elegant, balanced, and full of character. The wine is known for its light to medium body, bright acidity, and notes of red fruit, herbs, and spices. It is a perfect match for a wide range of dishes, from pasta to grilled meats.
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