Nebbiolo's name is believed to be derived from the Italian word "nebbia", which means fog. This is fitting, as the Piedmont region, where it primarily grows, is often blanketed in a thick mist during the harvest season. The grape has a long history in Italy, with written records mentioning Nebbiolo dating back to the 13th century.
The grape is known for its distinct tannins and high acidity, characteristics that give Nebbiolo wines their structure and longevity. The wine's unique aroma profile often encompasses rose petals, tar, cherries, and dried herbs. These nuances can vary depending on the exact location of the vineyard and the winemaking techniques employed.
Though primarily associated with Piedmont, some winemakers in other parts of the world have taken on the challenge of growing Nebbiolo, intrigued by its unique profile and winemaking potential. However, its true home remains the rolling hills of Piedmont, where it expresses its character most authentically.