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Feature Variety Nebbiolo

Feature Variety Nebbiolo

Not A One-Hit Wonder

There’s nary a Nebbiolo lover in the world — nay in our Sometimes Always team — who doesn’t love a Barolo. But, the grape shouldn’t be typecast as a one-hit wonder. The King of Italian Wine may be grown in a tiny commune inside Langhe, but the grape is also found in vineyards across broader Piedmont, further north in Alto Piemonte’s Ghemme and Gattinera, further east near the Swiss border in Lombardy’s Valtellina, and right here on our shores in the Land of Oz. It’s a whole new world of Nebbiolo. 

The New World of Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a thin-skinned, early-flowering, late-ripening variety, which means it’s incredibly fussy with the thermostat and impossible to grow in many regions. It can’t be too hot, but it can’t snow too early. It thrives in cooler conditions, but easily succumbs to spring frost.The hilly slopes of the Langhe, in the north of Italy, panini-d between the Alps and the Ligurian Sea, is the grape’s proverbial Nirvana.

Inside Langhe, there are three key Nebbiolo-producing DOCGs: Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. The wines here are all about perfume and structure, powerful wines with well-structured tannins and incredible aging potential.

Alongside the region’s big Barolo houses, you’ll find new-age producers doing things differently, including the anarchists at Borgogno. Ever since the powers that be at the DOCG declined to classify a sample of the producer’s wine as Barolo in 2005, they’ve been releasing some of their wine from the Barolo region as Langhe Nebbiolo DOC under ‘No Name’ in protest. It’s Barolo, that’s not Barolo, at an incredible price.

Further north in Alto Piemonte, the soil is volcanic and the weather cooler as vineyards grow at the base of the Italian Alps. Producers such as Muraje in Carema and Ghemme’s Platinetti Guido are making Nebbiolo — or Spanna as it’s known here — that’s slightly lighter in style with an instantly recognisable minerality and lingering alpine herbs.

Across in Valtellina, on the border of Switzerland, another alpine Nebbiolo grows. Here, called Chiavennasca, the grapes are grown on rocky soils, producing wines that are lighter and more graceful than their Langhe counterparts, but have equal aging potential thanks to their tannins and acidity. Some even draw comparisons between Valtellina’s Chiavennasca and Burgundy’s Pinot Noir.

Outside of northern Italy, Nebbiolo is scarce — with small amounts found in California and Mexico — apart from right here in Australia. It’s planted across the Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley, Margaret River and parts of ACT and Queensland where they’re blessed with Nebbiolo-friendly warm days and cool nights.

In Oz, Nebbiolo shapeshifts across the regions, with some winemakers like Yarra Valley’s rule-breaking Timo Mayer and Owen Latta from the Pyrenees opting for bright, spicy and juicy wines, while others like Hilltops’ Ravensworth and Adelaide Hills’ Longview making more savoury expressions. With more and more local winemakers discovering and planting the Italian variety, the new world of Nebbiolo is only set to get more exciting.
“While it’s a grape steeped in history and oft-governed by strict DOC and DOCG rules, in recent years, many winemakers have given the middle-finger-salute to classifications and traditions to create wines that are wild, experimental and incredibly interesting in all the right ways.”

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Conterno Fantino Barolo Mosconi Nebbiolo 2019
$289.00
Traditional
Conterno Fantino - Barolo Mosconi Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Cascina Roccalini Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2019
$120.00
Traditional
Cascina Roccalini - Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra Nebbiolo 2007
$310.00
Traditional
Paolo Conterno - Barolo Ginestra Nebbiolo 2007 Red Wine
Ca'Rome Barolo Cerretta Nebbiolo 2017
$173.00
Traditional
Ca'Rome - Barolo Cerretta Nebbiolo 2017 Red Wine
Barale Barolo Castellero Nebbiolo Magnum 2007 1500mL (Boxed)
$530.00
Traditional
Barale - Barolo Castellero Nebbiolo Magnum 2007 1500mL (Boxed) Red Wine
Vietti Barolo Ravera Novello Nebbiolo 2018
$550.00
Traditional
Vietti - Barolo Ravera Novello Nebbiolo 2018 Red Wine
Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Castellero Nebbiolo 2019
$190.00
Traditional
Giacomo Fenocchio - Barolo Castellero Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Ca'Rome Barbaresco Maria di Brün Nebbiolo 2017
$198.00
Traditional
Ca'Rome - Barbaresco Maria di Brün Nebbiolo 2017 Red Wine
Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Bussia Nebbiolo 2019
$190.00
Traditional
Giacomo Fenocchio - Barolo Bussia Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi Nebbiolo 2018
$329.00
Traditional
Chiara Boschis - Barolo Mosconi Nebbiolo 2018 Red Wine
Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Nebbiolo 2019
$159.00
Traditional
Francesco Rinaldi - Barolo Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Vietti Barolo Lazzarito Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo 2018
$550.00
Traditional
Vietti - Barolo Lazzarito Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo 2018 Red Wine
Ca'Rome Barbaresco Rio Sordo Nebbiolo 2016
$196.00
Traditional
Ca'Rome - Barbaresco Rio Sordo Nebbiolo 2016 Red Wine
Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi Nebbiolo 2019
$329.00
Traditional
Chiara Boschis - Barolo Mosconi Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Conterno Fantino Barolo Vigna del Gris Nebbiolo 2019
$249.00
Traditional
Conterno Fantino - Barolo Vigna del Gris Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Albino Rocca Rosso di Rocca Langhe Nebbiolo 2022
$45.00
Traditional
Albino Rocca - Rosso di Rocca Langhe Nebbiolo 2022 Red Wine
Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Classico Nebbiolo 2019
$142.00
Traditional
Giacomo Fenocchio - Barolo Classico Nebbiolo 2019 Red Wine
Pio Cesare 'Il Nebbio' Nebbiolo 2021
$48.00
Traditional
Pio Cesare 'Il Nebbio' Nebbiolo 2021 Red Wine
Longview Fresco Nebbiolo / Barbera / Dolcetto / Pinot Nero 2022
$30.00
Progressive
Longview - Fresco Nebbiolo / Barbera / Dolcetto / Pinot Nero 2022 Red Wine
Alpha Box & Dice J Is for JNR
$36.00
Progressive
Alpha Box & Dice - J Is for JNR Red Wine
Ca'Rome Barbaresco Rio Sordo Nebbiolo 2018
$163.00
Traditional
Ca'Rome - Barbaresco Rio Sordo Nebbiolo 2018 Red Wine
Chiara Boschis Langhe Nebbiolo 2021
$135.00
Traditional
Chiara Boschis - Langhe Nebbiolo 2021 Red Wine
Dirupi Rosso Di Valtellina Ole Nebbiolo 2020
$55.00
Progressive
Dirupi - Rosso Di Valtellina Ole Nebbiolo 2020 Red Wine
Muraje Sumié Carema Nebbiolo 2018
$165.00
Traditional
Muraje - Sumié Carema Nebbiolo 2018 Red Wine
Mada Rouge 2021
$32.00
Progressive
Mada - Rouge 2021 Red Wine
Alpha Box & Dice Fog Nebbiolo 2021
$50.00
Progressive
Alpha Box & Dice - Fog Nebbiolo 2021 Red Wine
Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superior Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi Nebbiolo 2016
$180.00
Progressive
Ar.Pe.Pe - Valtellina Superior Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi Nebbiolo 2016 Red Wine
Hills Collide Light Dry Red 2021
$28.00
Progressive
Hills Collide - Light Dry Red 2021 Red Wine
Bera Mio Vino Langhe Nebbiolo 2021
$58.00
Traditional
Bera - Mio Vino Langhe Nebbiolo 2021 Red Wine
La Petite Mort Nebbiolo Rosé 2021
$38.00
Progressive
La Petite Mort - Nebbiolo Rosé 2021 Rosé
Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superior Grumello Ris Sant'Antonio Nebbiolo 2016
$180.00
Progressive
Ar.Pe.Pe - Valtellina Superior Grumello Ris Sant'Antonio Nebbiolo 2016 Red Wine
Fletcher Minion Nebbiolo 2022
$46.00
Progressive
Fletcher - Minion Nebbiolo 2022 Red Wine
Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superior Inferno Riserva Sesto Canto Nebbiolo 2016
$180.00
Progressive
Ar.Pe.Pe - Valtellina Superior Inferno Riserva Sesto Canto Nebbiolo 2016 Red Wine
Luigi Giordano Langhe Nebbiolo 2021
$68.00
Traditional
Luigi Giordano - Langhe Nebbiolo 2021 Red Wine
Praeter Strange Fog Nebbiolo 2022
$42.00
Progressive
Praeter - Strange Fog Nebbiolo 2022 Red Wine
Latta Tranquil Pyrenees Rosé 2022
$39.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Latta - Tranquil Pyrenees Rosé 2022 Rosé
Benotti Rosavica Nebiulina Langhe Nebbiolo 2022
$45.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Benotti Rosavica - Nebiulina Langhe Nebbiolo 2022 Red Wine
Vietti Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo 2021
$66.00
Traditional
Vietti - Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo 2021 Red Wine
Maretti Rosso Nebbiolo / Barbera 2020
$29.00
Traditional
Maretti - Rosso Nebbiolo / Barbera 2020 Red Wine
Maretti Langhe Nebbiolo 2021
$32.00
Traditional
Maretti - Langhe Nebbiolo 2021 Red Wine