or Freisa Piccola

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Freisa or Freisa Piccola is a distinctive, wild strawberry-flavoured red grape variety indigenous to the piemonte region of north west Italy and, more specifically, to the provinces of Asti, Alessandria, and Cuneo in scattered vineyards which reach almost to the gates of the city of Turin.

The vine has been known in Piemonte for centuries. dna profiling has shown that Freisa has a parent–offspring relationship with nebbiolo and may be closely related to viognier. Freisa musts can be quite high in both acidity and tannins like Nebbiolo, although its wines are coarser in terms of the tannins and flavours.