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.
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