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Dolcetto is a variety of black grapes grown in the lower Piedmont, mainly in the area of ​​Monferrato, and in the province of Imperia, in Liguria, where it takes the name of Ormeasco.

Although the name has an obvious relevance to the sweet taste (“Dolcetto” means “little sweet one” in Italian), neither the grapes nor the wine have this pleasant feature. The term is probably a legacy of the farming world that was used to distinguish it from other local vines, such as Nebbiolo and Barbera, with more marked elements of hardness, such as tannins and acidity.

The wine produced with Dolcetto has a particular character: we could describe it as solitary, frank, simple and very versatile. While never excelling on the most famous Piedmont wines, it has its own dignity made of everyday life and widespread popularity. We find it almost always produced in purity in the many denominations dedicated to it, including the “guaranteed” ones: Dogliani DOCG, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba DOCG and Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore DOG.


Dolcetto is almost always used in purity. It lends itself well to the production of dry wines, easy to drink, not particularly suitable for aging.

The color is intense ruby red, often impenetrable, with purple hues, always present in young wines. Despite its low acidity, it is still appreciated for its softness and its characteristic organoleptic framework: floral notes of lavender, fruity notes of plum and berries, on a spicy background. The taste is dry, warm, tannic (but certainly not like Nebbiolo) and soft.

Olfactory profile

  • Floral
  • Fruity
  • Vegetal
  • Spicy

Flavor profile

  • Acid
  • Bitter
  • Sapid
  • Tannic



  • Colli Tortonesi DOC
  • Dogliani DOCG
  • Dolcetto d'Acqi DOC
  • Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
  • Dolcetto d'Asti DOC
  • Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba / Diano d'Alba DOCG
  • Dolcetto di Ovada DOC
  • Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore / Ovada DOCG
  • Langhe DOC
  • Monferrato DOC
  • Piemonte DOC
  • Pinerolese DOC
  • Valsusa DOC


  • Golfo del Tigullio - Portofino DOC
  • Ormeasco di Pornassio / Pornassio DOC
  • Val di Polcevera DOC


  • Beina
  • Bignola
  • Bignona
  • Bignonina
  • Dolsin
  • Dolsin Raro
  • Dolset
  • Dolzino
  • Dolzin
  • Dolceto
  • Ormeasca
  • Ormeasco
  • Uva d'Acqui
  • Uva del Monferrato
  • Uva di Ovada
  • Uva di Roccagrimalda
Cultivation zone
  • size: medium
  • shape: pyramidal with wings
  • size: medium
  • color: blue-black
  • shooting period: early
  • maturation period: medium
  • production: good
Happy wine!