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.
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
Citra 2018 Estate Grown (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of lemon balm, chamomile and melon rind show on the fresh, ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Torre Zambra 2019 Madia (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyBright, crisp aromas of candied apple and lemon carry the nose, with ...See Full Review$15
Wölffer 2018 Trebbiano (Long Island)Long IslandAromas of wool, lemon peel and melon rind carry to the well-rounded ...See Full Review$24
Contesa 2017 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyConcentrated aromas of sea spray, fresh ginger, citrus zest and yellow flower ...See Full Review$28
Agriverde 2016 Solàrea (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyEnergized aromas of pine, flint and citrus rind are tightly wound yet ...See Full Review$30
Masciarelli 2018 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyAromas of lemon peel, green apple, melon and chamomile translate to the ...Best BuySee Full Review$14
Talamonti 2018 Trebì (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of pineapple, kiwi and fresh hops give a strong start to ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
Cantina Tollo 2018 Biologico (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyA pleasing concentration of peach, melon, candied banana and chamomile show on ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Bosco Nestore 2017 Eclipse (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyA fruity nose of peach and pineapple juice carries to the medium-bodied ...See Full Review$13
Cantina Tollo 2017 Tre (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of flint, smoke and charred citrus carry the nose of this ...See Full Review$25
Talamonti 2017 Aternum (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyA luscious, ripe nose of melon, pineapple and lemon peel mixes with ...See Full Review$16
La Valentina 2018 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyBrisk aromas of citrus and pineapple move to the light-bodied palate. This ...See Full Review$12
Castello Sonnino 2011 Vin Santo del ChiantiTuscanyMade with dried Trebbiano grapes, this opens with aromas of ripe fig, ...See Full Review$30
Emidio Pepe 2014 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyReminiscent of running through an orchard in the peak of autumn, this ...See Full Review$115
Masciarelli 2015 Marina Cvetic Riserva (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyA mix of grilled pineapple, citrus oil and sea spray starts off ...See Full Review$50
Valle Reale 2016 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyA broad nose of yellow apple, golden pear and white flowers mark ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Cataldi Madonna 2017 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyBright aromas of lemon peel, fleshy yellow apple and powdered minerals carry ...See Full Review$18
Valle Reale 2013 Vigna Del Convento Di Capestrano (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyAromas of citrus oil, furniture polish and tarragon start off this single-vineyard ...See Full Review$42
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