Nosiola is a native white-grapes vine, typical of the province of Trento in Trentino-South Tyrol. It is mainly cultivated in Valle del Sarca, in Valle dei Laghi and around Lavis. Also known as “Nusiola”, it takes its name from “nosela” which, in Trentino dialect, means “hazelnut”. As you can well imagine, hazelnut is also the predominant aroma of wines made with this grape.
Nosiola grapes cultivated near the Valle del Sarca (Sarca Valley) and Valle dei Laghi are mainly used for the production of the famous Trentino Vino Santo DOC, a white passito belonging to the denomination Trentino DOC. Because of its intrinsic characteristics, it gives the best in wines that undergo long periods of aging, even decades. Used in Valle dell'Adige (Adige Valley) for the production of dry whites, Nosiola has a good balance between softness and hardness and is suitable both for the production of fresh wines and for aging. Here, its production is protected by the designation Trentino Nosiola DOC.
In dry white wines, the prevalent color is intense straw yellow with golden reflections. In the passito wines, the prevalent color is golden yellow with amber reflections. The scent is quite intense and quite complex. In young wines there are predominant fruity notes of plum and morello cherry which, with aging, are combined with intense spicy notes of cinnamon, tobacco and hazelnut. The taste is quite intense and quite pleasant, characterized by a high acidity that is rebalanced with aging. In the passito wine, a little more structured, further softness and a pleasant almond aftertaste emerge.
- Durel (not to be confused with Durella vine cultivated in Veneto)
- Gropello bianco
- Nusiola gentile
- size: medium
- shape: cylindrical, elongated
- size: medium
- color: yellow-green
- shooting period: early
- maturation period: medium
- production: plentiful