Pignola is a red wine grape native to Italy. It is Distinct from Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s more famous Pignolo. Pignola shares with it and many åother similarly named cultivars a very compact grape cluster, which resembles a small closed fist or pine cone (‘pigna’).

Where grown: In Lombardia (Lombardy): most typically associated with the Oltrepo Pavese and Valtellina production zones. It is usually found in blends with other local varieties in IGT wines such as Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio (min. 85%). Since Groppello di Breganze and Pignola are supposedly identical, wines made with this variety can be found around Vicenza in Veneto.

Viticulture: Medium-small sized bunches; with medium berries. Vigorous; abundant and re- liable productivity. It is resistant to very cold temperatures; though sensitive to oidium and botrytis bunch rot it is resistant to peronospora (downy mildew).

Wine style: Very mineral aromas and flavors of raspberry, white truffle, gunflint, and black pepper. Fresh and vibrant, with youthfully chewy tannins.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.198.