ALBAROSSA, red wine grape variety, a crossing between Chatus and Barbera. It is grown in the Piedmont (‘Piemonte’) region of Italy. It is considered one of the few truly successful crossings (D’Agata 2014, p540). It was created in 1938 when Giovanni Dalmasso crossed Barbera x Nebbiolo di Dronero [or Chatus], although at the time he thought his Nebbiolo was true Nebbiolo. The error was only discovered in the mid-1960s by Eynard and Curzel, and it was Eynard who renamed this crossing Albarossa: its original name was Incrocio 13.26 (D’Agata 2014, p540). Government permission to plant it only arrived in 2001 (D’Agata 2014, p540).
National registry code number | 267.
Where grown | In Piedmont it is grown in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti, and Cuneo. It is most abundant around Acqui and in the northern part of the Asti area. Michele Chiarlo and Tenuta di Vallarino, Prunotto (Antinori) and Vigne Regali (Banfi) sponsored a more complete study of the variety (D’Agata 2014, p540). In the Acqui area the first winery to work with it was Zunino in 2002,’ (D’Agata 2014, p540).
See | Piemonte DOC Albarossa.
Wine style | ‘Deep ruby red with purple tinges. Nose of blackberry, strawberry, plum. Also tobacco,’ (D’Agata 2014, p540). Also intense botanical herbs. Ageworthy.
Key wines | Michele Chiarlo (‘Montald’). | Tenuta di Vallarino. | Prunotto ‘Bricco Colma’. | Castello di Nieve. | Cascina Sant’Ubaldo. | Viotti Vini. | Poggio Ridente.
See Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014), p.540.
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.79.