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Grechetto


International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

Regional Varieties:   Albariño    Aligoté    Amigne    Arneis    Chasselas    Colombard    Cortese    Fiano    Grechetto    Grenache Blanc    Malvasia Istriana    Marsanne    Muscadelle    Muscat of Alexandria    Ortega    Palomino    Parellada    Petite Arvine    Prosecco    Rieslaner    Roussanne    Savagnin    Scheurebe    Seyval Blanc    Tocai Friulano    Torrontés    Vermentino    Welschriesling


Originating in Greece, Grechetto has found its best growing region in Italy. A tough grape, it is often blended with Chardonnay, Malvasia Istriana, and Trebbiano. The grape's high sugar level makes for a good dessert wine, although it can add structure and nutty flavor to dry wines as well.

The central place for growth is Umbria in the center of Italy, where it is often used to produce vin santo. In Orvieto DOC, where more than 95% of the wines are dry, Grechetto is commonly used in the blends. There have also been plantings of Grechetto in Lazio, Italy.