July 19, 2022 by
Maytte Rivera

The story of Arneis has very humble beginnings, in the northwest corner of Italy, specifically in the town of Roero in Piemonte. Its name is derived from the words for “little rascal” in the local dialect in reference to the difficulties this grape presents during growing season.  Since it’s a variety that ripens early, rows of Arneis were planted in between vineyards of the local red grape Nebbiolo so birds would feast on them and ignore the more profitable Nebbiolo.  Known also as Nebbia Bianca, Arneis was historically blended with Nebbiolo to soften its tannins, or to make rose and sweet wines.  It almost disappeared into extinction until the 1970’s, when grape growers in the region teamed up with winemaker Alfredo Currado to produce single variety Arneis, inspired by its floral aromas and medium acidity levels.  Today, Arneis is one of the most important white grape varieties produced in Italy.

Arneis produces wines of medium body with aromas of peach, tangerine, and raw almonds.  In the commune of Montaldo Roero, the sixth generation of the Marcarini family focuses on preserving the Piemontese traditions through their wines, producing Arneis from old family vineyards full of flavors of white flowers, honey, and nectarines.

Try Arneis with pastas with light sauces like garlic and olive oil, or with simple preparations of white fish.  Italy has more than 2,000 indigenous grapes; Arneis is a fresh way to start discovering them!

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Author: Maytte Rivera

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