ALBANELLA, white wine grape variety grown in the Marche region of Italy which was considered a synonym of the far less interesting Trebbiano Toscano in the disciplinare of the Colli Pesaresi DOC until 2000 when Albanella became recognised under its own name. It is grown almost exclusively near Pesaro (in sub-zones such as Roncaglia and Montebacchino). 

Biotypes | There appear to be three biotypes differentiated by berry and bunch size: small, intermediate and large.

Regions | Coll Pesaresi DOC (Marche).

Wine style | Albanella is a high acid variety and gives a light, lively and citrus wine with moderate levels of alcohol because it never accumulates much sugar. It ages remarkably well.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

See Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p153.