Pinella is a red wine grape native to Italy. Its name derives from ‘pigna’ or ‘pugno’, meaning “pinecone” or “fist”.

Where grown: Veneto: it can be found in the DOC Colli Euganei Pinello (min 85%) and blended with the DOC Colli Euganei Bianco.

Viticulture: Given its name, it is no surprise the bunch is medium-small and extremely compact; with medium sized berries. Pinella is an abundant and dependable producer; but botrytis bunch rot can be a big problem.

Wine style: Delicately aromatic nose of sweet spices and flowers (jasmine); it is bright and fresh on the palate with hints of pineapple and apple. The variety’s acidity is such that sparkling wines can also be made from it.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.199-200.