The Nebbiolo grape is one of the most difficult varietals to grow as well as make into wine. Because Nebbiolo ripens so late in the season, it can be very frustrating in the vineyard. However, few varietals have the potential of this ancient, noble grape.
California Nebbiolo may never match Barolo, but there are some very sound producers making significant progress. There are currently about 200 acres of the Nebbiolo varietal in California. Cosentino, Montevina, and Stonehealth are among the better producers.
In Europe, the best Nebbiolo is grown in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is the grape of Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is not extensively grown anywhere else in the world because the best cuttings are difficult to acquire.