Asprinio Bianco, white wine grape native to Italy. The name derives from the Italian ‘aspro’, from the Latin ‘asper’ or tart. This characteristic makes Asprinio a popular choice in sparkling wine blends.
Where grown | Campania: Found mainly north of Naples, in the countryside surrounding the city of Caserta across 22 municipalities included in the Asprinio d’Aversa DOC. The latter has long enjoyed grand cru status for Asprinio. | Puglia and Basilicata: Asprinio is also found in these two regions.
Viticulture | Asprinio looks and behaves like a wild vine species. Its extreme vigour means it can climb 20-metre high trees. The training system used for it is called ‘alberate’ from ‘albero’ or tree (not to be confused with alberello, which is a different grape-vine training system).
Yields | Asprinio can produced up to 200 kilos of grapes per vine.
Wine style | Asprinio produces very light, high-acid wine (averaging alcohol levels of 10% and total acidity of 7,5 grams per litre). Asprinio’s high natural acidity makes its suitable for sparkling wines such as DOC Asprinio d’Aversa Spumante. The wine shows crisp lemony and light citrusy, spicy, and almond notes.
Asprinio d’Aversa DOC. | Asprinio d’Aversa Spumante DOC.
See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.156.