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Grape (Vitis)
Grillo grapes on the island of Mozia
Color of berry skin Blanc
Species Vitis vinifera
Also called Riddu
Origin Italy

Grillo, also known as Riddu and Rossese bianco, is a white Italian wine grape variety which withstands high temperatures and is widely used in Sicilian wine-making and, in particular, for making Marsala. Its origins are uncertain, but it may have been introduced into the island of Sicily from Apulia. It was already widely planted in the Province of Trapani by 1897; today it may be grown throughout Sicily and also in the Aeolian Islands.

It is also found growing around the commune of Riomaggiore in the province of La Spezia in Liguria, where the grape is known as Rossese bianco.[1]

Wine regions[edit]

Although this grape has had a long association with Marsala, in recent years it has become widely used in such DOC wines as

  • Monreale (province of Palermo)
  • Alcamo (provinces of Palermo and Trapani)
  • Contea di Sclafani (provinces of Agrigento and Palermo)
  • Delia Nivolelli (province of Trapani)

100% Grillo IGT wines are also produced, although blending with for example Chardonnay is also common.


  1. ^ J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz, Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pp. 910-911 Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2

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