Trebbiano may refer to a number of distinct grape varieties, with at least six Italian varieties known primarily by that name. Chief among them is Trebbiano Toscano, widely planted throughout Italy and in France, where it is known as Ugni Blanc.
Where a grape is referred to as simply “Trebbiano,” it is likely to be of this variety.
Trebbiano Toscano is a high-yielding grape, with dark gold or amber-colored berries. Its wines are typified by high acidity and a rather neutral flavor profile, making them ideal for blending in still light wines or as the base wine for brandy production.
This variety of Trebbiano is found throughout Italy, especially in Central Italy. Trebbiano Toscano is permitted in more Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wines than any other variety, featuring in many well-known Italian whites such as Frascati, Orvieto and Soave.
The Trebbiano Toscano grape travels widely. Outside of Italy, it is France’s most widely planted white wine-grape variety. Known primarily as Ugni Blanc (and to a lesser extent, Saint-Émilion), it is vital in the production of brandy in Cognac and Armagnac, and is also cultivated in Provence, Southern Rhône and the surrounds of Bordeaux.
Elsewhere, Trebbiano Toscano is grown in Portugal, under the name Tália (or Thalia), as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and various others. As is the case in France, it is used to produce brandy in Mexico.
Of the other wine grapes known as Trebbiano, the next most widely planted is Trebbiano Romagnolo. This variety is quite like Trebbiano Toscano, and is most significant in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, where it used as a blending component or in single varietal wines across the Bologna, Forli and Ravenna provinces.
The best known of these is probably Trebbiano di Romagna DOC, which produces large quantities of simple and rather neutral-flavored whites with fresh acidity.
Another variety, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, is used in the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC. The widely known Trebbiano Toscano variety is permitted and often used in the same blend. To further complicate matters, the Puglia grape variety Bombino Bianco is also permitted. It has been suggested, though not confirmed, that Bombino Bianco and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo are genetically one and the same.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wines are among the most exciting Trebbiano wines, showing a stronger fruit character than might be expected from other Trebbiano varieties. The high acidity often found in these wines also makes them ideal to enjoy with food.
Looking for a wine to pair with dinner? Look no further. Our expert tasters at Wine Enthusiast share their thoughts on the top rated Trebbiano wines within our Buying Guide database below.
Baracchi 2016 Metodo Classico Brut Trebbiano (Vino Spumante)Italy OtherMade with Trebbiano, this has aromas of bread crust, citrus rind and ...See Full Review$34
Emidio Pepe 2015 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyFocused aromas of melon rind and lemon peel meld with deep, intensely ...See Full Review$115
Masciarelli 2018 Marina Cvetic Riserva (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyVibrant aromas of lemon zest and yellow apple peel are framed in ...See Full Review$50
Valentini 2015 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyThis iconic Abruzzo bottling doesn't disappoint, offering dense aromas of chamomile, lemon ...See Full Review$160
Francesco Cirelli 2018 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyThis amphora-aged Trebbiano boasts rich aromas of white plum, peach and chamomile, ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$20
Contesa 2018 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyPerfumed aromas of yellow apple and cantaloupe are lifted by bright lemon ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$19
Cirelli la Collina Biologica 2018 Organic (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyFocused aromas of lemon rind, white plum and chamomile show depth and ...See Full ReviewN/A
Tiberio 2019 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyDelicate aromas of lemongrass and chamomile ride over a ripe peach core ...See Full Review$18
Tenuta I Fauri 2019 Baldovino (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of white plum, peach, chamomile and lemongrass show nice concentration on ...See Full Review$18
Talamonti 2018 Aternum (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyBoisterous aromas of peach, apple and guava carry this fruity yet fresh ...See Full Review$16
Nicodemi 2018 Le Murate (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of ripe apple and yellow plum are dappled with an inviting ...See Full Review$15
Illuminati 2019 Costalupo (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyBright, primary fruit aromas of peach, white plum and grapefruit take on ...See Full Review$18
Valle Reale 2018 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyAromas of creamed pear and apple meld with a savory, buttery note ...See Full Review$17
Masciarelli 2019 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyThis straightforward Trebbiano offers brisk tones of white orchard fruit accented by ...See Full Review$14
Spinelli 2019 Estate Bottled (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and peach recall Sauvignon Blanc more than Trebbiano. ...Best BuySee Full Review$9
Talamonti 2019 Trebì (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyBright aromas of peach and guava carry to the equally fruity palate. ...See Full Review$13
Monteraponi 2018 Vite Dimentiche Trebbiano (Colli della Toscana Centrale)TuscanyCedar, oak and acacia honey aromas mingle with whiffs of citrus zest. ...See Full Review$70
Fattori 2018 Roncha Trebbiano (Veneto)VenetoAromas of nut, bread crust and white stone fruit lead the nose. ...See Full Review$20
Umani Ronchi 2018 Montipagano Organic (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of pretty yellow blossoms, apple and melon show on the well-formed ...See Full Review$15
Cantina Ripa Teatina 2018 Arenile (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyA zesty nose of lemon peel and chamomile starts this off, with ...See Full Review$15
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