Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is both the name of a grape as well as the red wine produced from that grape. Both the grape and the wine are popularly known as “Refosco” although technically it is only one sub-variety of the extended Refosco grape family. It is grown principally in the Veneto region, precisely in the provinces of Venezia and Treviso and throughout Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region in northeast Italy. The grape has been well known since antiquity and is believed to be indigenous to northeast Italy. Various ancient Roman writers and personalities sang the praises of Refosco wines.
The Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso grape derives its name from its red stems that distinguish it from other Refosco varieties. Literally, it translates as Refosco with the red stem (peduncolo rosso). It is a late-ripening variety and is known for producing wines that are full-bodied with high levels of acidity and robust structures and personalities.
Refosco wines are consumed locally and very few find their way into the international markets. However, Refosco wines have benefitted from the upsurge of interest in boutique Italian Wines in recent years.
This deeply colored wine is robust and full-bodied with discernible tannins yet polished and supple with black fruit flavours and almond notes. It has a long and pleasant finish marked with notes of plums and currants. The Refosco’s prominent acidity, typical for this variety, makes it a good complement to a wide variety of foods, especially grilled meats and other hearty meat entrees.