Bubbierasco is a red Italian wine grape variety that is grown in the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont wine region of northwest Italy. The grape is a natural crossing of the Nebbiolo grape, famous for the red wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, and Bianchetta di Saluzzo, a white grape variety that has been historically grown around the town of Saluzzo.
History and relationship to other grapes
Ampelographers believe that Bubbierasco likely originated around the town of Saluzzo, in the Cuneo province, where its two parent varieties, Bianchetta di Saluzzo and Nebbiolo, have both been grown. In the early 21st century, DNA analysis showed that Bubbierasco was likely a natural crossing of the white Bianchetta and red Nebbiolo varieties.
Through its parent-offspring relationship with Nebbiolo, Bubbierasco is a half-sibling of several Piemontese wine grape varieties including: Vespolina, Brugnola, Freisa, Nebbiolo rosé, Negretta, Neretto di Bairo and Rossola nera.
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- Ian D'Agata Native Wine Grapes of Italy, pg 476 University of California Press 2014 ISBN 9780520272262
- Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC) Bubbierasco Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed: June 30th, 2014