Italian Wine Grapes - dummies

By Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Ed McCarthy

Part of Italian Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Sometimes you know the name of the grape used to produce the nice Italian wine you’re drinking because the name of the grape and the name of the wine are the same. But that’s not always the case, so if you want to match the Italian wine to the principal grape (or grapes) used to make it, consult the following table:

Wine Type Color Principal Grape(s) Wine Type Color Principal Grape(s)
Amarone Red Corvina, others Lambrusco Red Lambrusco
Barbaresco Red Nebbiolo Montepulciano Red Montepulciano
Barbera d’Alba Red Barbera Orvieto White Grechetto, others
Bardolino Red Corvina, Rondinella, others Soave White Garganega, others
Barolo Red Nebbiolo Taurasi Red Aglianico
Brunello Red Sangiovese Valpolicella Red Corvina, Rondinella, others
Chianti Red Sangiovese, others Verdicchio White Verdicchio
Dolcetto d’Alba Red Dolcetto Vernaccia White Vernaccia
Gavi White Cortese Vino Nobile Red Prugnolo (Sangiovese)