Brachettone del Roero, native Italian red wine grape found on the left bank of the Tanaro River, in the Roero production zone in Italy’s north-western Piemonte region (‘Piedmont’) region. The vine is also called Grappolo Grande or Brachetto Lungo del Roero. Some producers call it Birbet, which is the name of the wine made with it.

Viticulture | Brachettone grows best on well-exposed sites with soils that are not excessively humid. It is a vigorous, rus- tic variety with good productivity and disease resistance.

Wine style | Brachettone grapes are more aromatic than Brachetto’s. Though it can also be made as a dry wine, most producers prefer Brachettone as a sparkling and a delicately sweet version.

Bibliography

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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.162.