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The Trebbiano Grape


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About Trebbiano

(Synonyms: just for Trebbiano Spoletino—see the discussion below—there are Spoletino, Trebbiano di Avezzano, & Trebbiano di Spoletino.)

Background

Trebbiano is another of those wine names that are actually an umbrella over several quite distinct actual grape varieties (rather like Refosco, Malvasia, and Muscat). All of the grapes under that umbrella designation are Italian in origin, but their locales are as various as the grapes themselves. In her monumental book Wine Grapes, Jancis Robinson and her co-authors identify six distinct “Trebbiano” grapes, they being (in alphabetical order):

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(Note that there are yet other grapes often called “Trebbiano Something-or-Other” but which are not really Trebbianos at all, including—at least—di Lugana, di Soave, and Valtenesi.)

As the brief notes above suggest, the grape of chiefest interest is Trebbiano Spoletino, now grown almost entirely in Umbria (central Italy), particularly around Perugia. There is now (since 2007) a distinct Trebbiano Spoletino DOC. Nonetheless, there are also wines of some quality being produced with Trebbiano Toscano and even Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, so don’t feel that only Trebbiano Spoletino is worth your attention. (And note that any source that discusses “Trebbiano” as if it were a single grape type is likely not reliable.)

Trebbiano Spoletino wines are typically a greenish yellow in appearance, full bodied and with a good balance of strong tropical fruit, spice, and minerality versus good acidity. The better specimens can age well.

Factoid: Trebbiano Spoletino probably arose in the early part of the nineteenth century as a natural cross with yet-unidentified parent grapes.

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Some Descriptions of Trebbiano Wines

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Some Trebbianos to Try

(About this list.)

Masciarelli “Villa Gemma Bianco” Trebbiano
(Trebbiano Toscano; typically 85% Trebbiano with 15% Cococciola, another good grape.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has three separate listings for this wine.)
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Tiberio Trebbiano
(Trebbiano d’Abruzzo)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Antonelli San Marco “Trebium” Trebbiano
(Trebbiano Spoletino)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Cirelli Trebbiano
(Trebbiano d’Abruzzo; this is not their “Anfora” bottling, nor their “Biologica”.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Perticaia Trebbiano
(Trebbiano Spoletino; his is not their “del posto” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Trebbiano wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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