Pallagrello, group of native Italian grape varieties comprising Pallagrello Bianco and Pallagrello Nero, both of which are enjoying some long overdo recent renown.  Some experts believe the name Pallagrello derives from ‘paglia’, Italian for hay, because the grapes used to be air-dried on straw and eaten like raisins; others insist that the Pallagrellos are direct descendants of the Pallarelle varieties of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

True Pallagrello Bianco and Pallagrello Nero are those grown in the province of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy.


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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.148