Famous for its production of Barolo, this grape is also responsible,
in part or whole, for the other splendid wines of Piemonte in Italy, such
as Gattinara, Barbaresco, Carema and Donnaz. It often needs to be softened
by the addition of Bonarda grapes which have the same role as Merlot in
Bordeaux. In fact, Merlot is used in Lombardy to soften Nebbiolo grapes
for the production of Valtelina and Valtelina Superiore wines, of which
Sassella can be the most velvety of all.
Synonyms: Chiavennasca, Nebbiolo Lampia, Nebbiolo michet, Nebbiolospanna, Nebbiolo rose, Picoutener, Picutener, Pugnet, Spanna, Spauna.