Nebbiolo in Italy

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Documents from the castle of Rivoli dating from 1266 when Conto Umberto de Balma is recorded as obtaining a wine named ‘Nibiol’ provide early evidence of Nebbiolo’s existence. petrus de crescentiisLiber ruralium commodorum in 1304 made an unambiguous link between the ‘Nubiola’ grape, which he termed ‘delightful’, and ‘excellent wine’. Some have postulated that the name derives from nobile, or noble, but a more likely derivation is from nebbia, or fog, a frequent phenomenon in Piemonte in October when the grape is harvested. and also possibly a reference to the thick bloom on ripe Nebbiolo berries.