Bianco d'Alessano white wine variety

Bianco d'Alessano is a new Italian white wine variety to Australia.  It burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion at the 2010 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

Just what is it?

Bianco d'Alessano is grown almost exclusively in the Italian region of Puglia where it is found in blended dry white wines in a number of DOCs including Gravina, Locorotondo and Ostuni. Its blending partners in these white wines include Verdeca, Greco, Malvasia and Fiano.

This variety is very late ripening and is renowned for its ability to retain acidity in hot conditions.

Some synonyms for the variety include Acchiappapalmento, Bianco di Lessame, Bianco di Valdigna and Verdurino.

Bianco D'alessano in Australia

Salena Estate entered their 2010 Bianco d'Alessano in the AAVWS in 2010.  It's probably fair to say that the judges were unaware of the variety before this show. But they were obviously impressed as the wine won trophies for Best White, Best Italian Variety and Best Wine of the Show.

In Australia Bianco has the potential to join Vermentino, Fiano and Greco as emerging varieties to produce medium bodied wines which will perform well in warm to hot regions.

Salena Estate in the Riverland Region of South Australia  certainly showed just what is possible. In more recent years a couple of other wineries have made wine with the variety.

Bianco d'Alessano  from the Riverland region of South Australia.An out there label for a n out there variety Bianco d'Alessano from the Riverland region of South Australia.

Other Italian White Wine Varieties used in Australia

Arneis | Bianco d'Alessano | Cortese | Fiano | Garganega | Greco | Grillo | Malvasia | Prosecco | Trebbiano | Verduzzo | Vermentino
One of the best books about Italian wine grape varieties is Ian d'Agata's Native Wine Grapes of Italy

This variety is one of the 120+ Rare Ozzies varieties.  You can find more about these varieites on the Rare Ozzies Facebook page.

wIneries with Bianco d'Alessano

  • Alejandro Riverland
  • Angoves Riverland
  • Bellwether Coonawarra
  • Delinquente Wine Riverland
  • Salena Estate Riverland
Updated 25 Jan 2024

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