Grignolino is a red Italian wine grape variety commonly grown in the Piedmont region. It makes light coloured wines and rosés with very fruity aromas, strong acidity and tannins. The name Grignolino derives from the word "grignole" which means "many pips" in the local Piedmontese dialect of the Asti region. The abundance of pips, or seeds, contribute to the strong, bitter tannins associated with the wine. Modern winemakers try to avoid the excess tannins with gentle and slow pressings. Grignolino has two Denominazione di origine controllata (D.O.C.) that produce wine from it: Asti and Monferrato Casale
The origin of the variety of course dates back to the area of Monferrato, between Asti and Casale, but has since spread to other areas of Piedmont and Lombardy, where he is also known as Barbesino. It is often blended with Barbera and Freisa to produce wines with more intense colours and more balanced flavours.
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