Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is a green grape from Italy, one of several Trebbiano varieties grown in Italy.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is, as are the other Trebbiano varieties, characterised as a high acidity, low sugar, low aromatic and high yielding variety. Aromas and flavours are of white flowers, peach, and citrus.
The Trebbiano varieties are in general winery “work horses”, meaning they provide more to the quantity than to the quality of most wines they are involved in. Unless of course if they are blended with a low acidity grape.
Many DOC/IGP regulations will only state Trebbiano, not the individual varieties. This is due to the historical confusion of the different Trebbiano varieties, e.g. before it was established that they actually are separate varieties.
So when you have a Trebbiano wine, you cannot be sure of which of the varieties it is. On the other hand, how much does it matter if the wine is good?
High acidity and low sugar tells us that excellent food pairing with a dry varietal Trebbiano d’Abruzzo will be Oysters or fresh Goat Cheese. The wine is best served at 8-10°C/46-50°F.
Where is it grown?
As the name indicates, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is mainly grown in the Abruzzo region in central-east Italy. Most plantings are reported to be located around Chieti. It is Italy’s thirty-first most planted variety, with a reported acreage of 5.091 ha/12,579 ac. Between 2000 and 2010, its planted area decreased with forty percent.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo’s origin is not known. Guessing that it has originated where it today has its heartland, e.g. in Abruzzo, is a possibility. If this would be the case, it would be a scenario it would share with a number of other varieties.
As for its parentage one hypothesis is that is an offspring from Trebbiano Toscano, but this remains yet to be proven.
The Trebbiano varieties are of very old age. However, as it is very difficult to know which of the six or seven varieties that has been documented, neither will it be possible to assign an age to any of the other individual varieties (apart from – maybe – Trebbiano Toscano). neither will it, with certainty, be possible to assign an age to any of the individual varieties.