Additional Lesser Known White Grapes & Wines

Nascetta

Nascetta is a white grape grown around Novello in Piemonte Italy. It is considered to produce the most complex, ageable white wine of the region thanks to its densely complex fruit and spice aromas and texture.

Nascetta presents an incredible cluster of stone and tropical fruits, fine herbs, and river pebble minerality. Flavors include grapefruit pith, juicy mango, and tarragon. It’s part Riesling, part Chenin Blanc, part white Rhone, part Sémillon: alive, tightly packed, and clearly ageable. The ripe fruit notes now will undoubtedly turn to honey, dried fruit, and pecan with a few years of aging. Full body, clear acidity, with a smooth texture at first that gives way to a fine grainy mouthfeel as it dissipates on the finish.

This wine is perfect for most any shellfish dish, but is also great for any lighter meal.

Source: The Wine Guild Charlottesville, VA

Oltrepo Pavese Sparkler

The  Oltrepo Pavese Metodo Classico is a spumante sparkling wine made in the traditional method (metodo classico) whereby Pinot Nero (Noir) is vinified as a white, with the possible additions of up to 30% Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Sparkling Oltrepo Pavese Metodo Classico was awarded its own DOCG classification in 2007.

Volits

Volits is a white French grape and is the first new grape variety by the L’Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (Inao) for the production of Champagne AOC. This new breed is the first resistant grape variety to be included in a French appellation which is resistant to downy and powdery mildew. It is a trial of a grape variety with “sustainable resistance” (ResDur1) that allows drastically reducing phytosanitary treatments against fungal diseases (downy mildew and powdery mildew) in the appellation field.
Source: Vitisphere