Log In / Join Now

Wine Spectator School

Class 4: Major Regional Varieties

italian duo




Nebbiolo is almost exclusively planted in Piedmont in northwestern Italy. There it makes Barolo, Italy's most prized traditional wine, and Barbaresco, only slightly less prestigious.

Nebbiolo goes into lighter wines elsewhere in the Piedmont and northwestern Italy, where it is sometimes blended with other Italian varieties.

This slow-ripening grape is frequently planted on the best south-facing slopes of hills to take advantage of the sun, and yields small crops of fruit.



At its best Nebbiolo produces intensely colored and flavored wines.


Barolo is one of the most complex and long-lived wines in the world.

Released from the winery only after 3 years of aging, or 5 years for Riservas, many Barolos are still a deep, dark purple when young, with rough tannins, high...

Ready to enroll?

First, you must register for a membership to WineSpectator.com. Your membership benefits include:
  • FREE enrollment in any course at Wine Spectator School
  • Over 230,000 searchable ratings and tasting notes
  • FREE mobile access so you can research wines wherever you are
  • E-newsletters with advance ratings
  • Editors’ blogs
  • Food and wine matching tool
  • And much more
Log In If You're Already a WineSpectator.com Member

If you have questions about Wine Spectator School, please contact us.

Job Opportunity

Wine Spectator is hiring an assistant editor at its New York office. Get more details.

Free Email Newsletters—Sign Up

Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered

» View samples
» Or sign up now!
» Manage my newsletter preferences


The marketplace for all your wine needs, including:

Wine Storage | Wine Clubs
Dining & Travel | Wine Auctions
Wine Shops | Wine Accessories

WineRatings+ app: Download now for 340,000+ ratings.