Bianco d’Alessano, white wine grape grown in Puglia in its native Italy. It is very neutral in terms of flavour, but has body.

Where grown | Puglia: Bianco d’Alessano grows mainly in the provinces of Brindisi, Bari, and Taranto, around the Valle d’Itria (towns of Cisternino, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, and Ceglie Messapica) and in the high, barren, wind swept plains of the Murgia. The most important wines are the DOC Locorotondo (in which Bianco d’Alessano is blended with Verdeca); it’s also part of the rarer DOC wines Gravina, Ostuni, and Lizzano, as well as some IGT wines.

In the vineyard | Bianco d’Alessano has medium sized conical-cylindrical bunches; medium and round berries; it is characterized by its relatively early budding and flowering, which exposes it to the double whammy of spring frosts and coulure (thereby reducing yields).

Bibliography

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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.160-161