The first mention of Grignolino in a vine identification book dates back to 1798, in Count Nuvolone’s “Instructions”, who called it “Nebieul rosé”. In 1800 Giorgio Gallesio mentions it in the Italian Pomona. Then Mario Soldati and Veronelli renamed it “the crazy head anarchist”. The name comes from its distinct tannins. According to some, the name derives from “grignole”, from Asti (and Fracese) dialect that in ancient times indicated the grape seeds that in this variety are more numerous than other vines and are responsible for its distinct tannins. Others say it is linked to the expression “grigné”, which in Piedmont dialect means smile, as the expression on the face of the one who drinks it resembles a smile, due to the tannins. Whether the name Grignolino comes from a reference to the number of seeds in the berries (three in Grignolino, two in almost all other grapes). Once known as Barbesino the grape was widely planted in the region, highly prized and often fetched the same prices as Barolo. Today Grignolino makes up a scant 1% of Piemontese plantings.
Taste wines like you’ve never tasted wine before. Wine Blind Tasting experience at Kawa Espresso Bar is a fun way to explore and learn about wine. Please join us to discover the forgotten grape of Piedmont. Wine from 3 Grignolino producers and a food platter (a big food platter) will accompany the wine tasting.