West of Alba, in the Roero Appellation of Piedmont.
Traditionally, this white grape (Arneis) was planted more in an effort to attract birds and bees away from the red grapes rather than for its actual quality for drinking. It was teetering on extinction in the 60s. Not easy to grow, hence being called “little rascal”. Low yield, prone to mildew.
But the reward is a rich, aromatic white wine that is savoury with an elegant finish, nice acidity and balanced structure.
A perfect example of why we have a Goddess of Wine to guide us. It immediately zooms into the top 5 whites we have had this year. And now, it doesn’t even show up on the Government Dairy Website.
Take the picture of the bottle for your next visit and try to find some for yourself.
Roero Arneis – Marchesi