Nebbiolo Grape Vine
You may better recognize Nebbiolo by its regional names of Barolo and Barbaresco – the towns that made this grape famous. Nebbiolo originates from the high slopes of Piemonte, the furthest most northwest wine growing region in Italy, home to limestone and sandstone soils. This grape is just beginning to be planted in the Willamette Valley and is later ripening than the more commonly planted Pinot Noir. It has high acidity and tannin structure, and the ability to produce very elegant yet powerful wines. Notes of roses, raspberries and leather make a wonderful pairing for hearty stews and fatty dishes.
Nebbiolo can be somewhat finicky to grow for the purpose of making wine – so choose this varietal if you are particularly interested in appreciating what grape farmers do!
Name: Vitis vinifera
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Rootstock Description: 3309C
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, or other support.
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Repel birds with flash tape or cover plants with bird netting.
USDA Zone: 7
Sunset Western Zone: Not stated
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not stated