Trebbiano white wine variety in Australia

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There is a certain glamour to Italian wine varieties in Australia these days, but not much of it has rubbed off on Trebbiano. Even Jancis Robinson in the Oxford Companion to Wine attaches the label "undistinguished" to the variety.


In France it goes under the name Ugni Blanc. Other synonyms include Spoletino, Perugino, Rusciolo, Bobiolo, Muscadet Aigre, St-Emilion, White Shiraz and White Hermitage. Trebbiano is planted all over Italy and it is the most commonly used white variety in that country. Trebbiano is high yielding, hence its popularity, and it gives acidity in blends.

In France, as Ugni Blanc, it is the most widely planted white variety. Again it used for its high yields and acidity, but it plays an important role in providing wine for distilling into Cognac and Armagnac.

The variety was popular in Australia, where along with Colombard, it is used to make bulk wines. If you've had a 'Dry White' from a cask made in "South East Australia" you've had Trebbiano.

But with care in the vineyard and careful winemaking some wineries have coaxed some quite good crisp dry white wines from the variety. Just the thing to go with the fish and chips on Friday night.

Australian Wineries using Trebbiano

Amulet Vineyard Beechworth |
This page recently updated to include new wineries listed in
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2014
Bella Ridge Estate Swan District | Berton Vineyards Riverina | Calico Town Rutherglen | Campbells Wines Rutherglen | Cobbitty Wines South Coast Zone | Gehrig Estate Rutherglen | Jones Winery and Vineyard Rutherglen | Melange Wines Riverina | Morris Rutherglen | Mudgee Wines Mudgee | Spinifex Barossa Valley | Summerfield Pyrenees | Taminick Cellars Glenrowan | Torzi Matthews Eden Valley | Tyrrells Hunter Valley | Waybourne Geelong |

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