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.
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
Illuminati 2017 Costalupo (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyUltraripe aromas of tropical fruit, Satsuma orange and perfume waft from the ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Masciarelli 2017 Trebbiano d'AbruzzoCentral ItalyRipe pear, citrus and yellow apple aromas have a fresh, vibrant sea-spray ...Best BuySee Full Review$12
La Valentina 2017 Spelt (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyQuiet aromas of citrus and yellow apple carry to the light-bodied palate. ...See Full Review$12
Citra 2017 Estate Grown (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyCrisp citrus and green pear aromas translate to the light-bodied palate. This ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Nicodemi 2017 Le Murate (Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)Central ItalyA quiet nose of pear and yellow apple translates to the light-bodied ...See Full Review$15
Suavia 2014 Massifitti Trebbiano (Veronese)VenetoMade from 100% Trebbiano di Soave, this has a shy nose that ...See Full Review$30
Bocale 2015 Trebbiano Spoletino (Umbria)Central ItalyMade entirely with the native grape Trebbiano Spoletino, this opens with aromas ...See Full Review$20
Pieve de' Pitti 2013 Tribiana Trebbiano (Toscana)TuscanyMade entirely with Trebbiano and vinified in oak, this opens with aromas ...See Full Review$20
Suavia NV Opera Semplice Metodo Classico Trebbiano (Vino Spumante)Italy OtherMade with 100% Trebbiano, this has fresh scents of white spring flower, ...See Full ReviewN/A
Cantina Fratelli Pardi 2015 Trebbiano Spoletino (Spoleto)Central ItalyDelicately scented with white spring blossom and a whiff of tropical fruit, ...See Full ReviewN/A
Suavia 2013 Massifitti Trebbiano (Veronese)VenetoThis lively, elegant white, made with 100% Trebbiano, opens with heady scents ...See Full Review$30
Wölffer 2014 Trebbiano (The Hamptons, Long Island)Long IslandSpine tingling acidity and sharp lemon and lime flavors mark this zesty ...See Full Review$22
Duchman Family 2014 Bingham Family Vineyard Trebbiano (Texas)TexasThe bright, lively nose of citrus spray, white peach, red apple and ...See Full Review$16
Baracchi 2012 Brut Metodo Classico Trebbiano (Vino Spumante)Italy OtherAromas of ripe yellow pear, toasted bread crust and a whiff of ...See Full Review$25
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