What to Know About Trebbiano
How much do you know about Trebbiano? Brought to California’s soil by Italian immigrants, this shy white wine varietal is grown in only a few places in the US. If you are curious about what makes this little-known grape unique, then read on!
Trebbiano vines are vigorous and adaptable, with late-ripening clusters that take on a green-gold hue. The overall profile of Trebbiano is fresh and fruity, but the region and climate in which the vines are grown will have a distinct say in the final outcome of the wine. Fortunately for us, Trebbiano grapes love sunshine!
Heritage and Spread
Though incredibly rare in the United States, Trebbiano grows widely throughout Italy, France, and even maintains a presence in Australia. This varietal’s heritage is rooted in Italy, where records show Trebbiano was established as far back as the Roman Empire. Now, Trebbiano is primarily used in blends of both white and red wines to bring bright freshness.
One of the characteristic strengths of Trebbiano is its crisp, refreshing acidity. This is vital to its use in both France and Australia, where it is most popular for the production of brandy and Cognac. In France, Trebbiano grows under the name Ugni Blanc, while in Australia it is referred to as White Hermitage. The bright, crisp nature brings low sugar, high acid, all in a disease resistant grape—ideal qualities for distillation.
Profile and Pairing
Trebbiano’s welcoming profile is best enjoyed with company. The flavor is a bit timid, never overpowering, making it excellent alongside a range of foods. We like hard Italian cheeses, truffle risotto white pizzas, spaghetti carbonara or a light pesto, or fruit salad. If you want something for simple, easy, summertime sipping, then this varietal is perfect for you!