The Favorita grape together with the Arneis forms the scientific origin of the white berries Roero and the name Favorita comes from the fact that over the centuries this grape has conquered the hearts of the local vine-growers becoming their favourite grape.
Probably of Ligurian origins, as well as the Vermentino (which is considered to be identical to Favorita) or Pigato (from which it seems to derive), Favorita has the Roero as its land of election since the end of the 18th century, it is in this area, that Favorita can give excellent results, producing white wines of great intensity and liveliness.
The Favorita grape has a white berry, medium to large, spheroid or ellipsoidal, short with medium waxy, greenish skin that becomes golden yellow or amber when well exposed to the sun. The bunch is medium, cylindrical or pyramid with one or two wings, normally loose or medium compact with large, pentagonal or orbicular, five-lobed leaf.
The yield of the Favorita grape is high and production is elevate and constant therefore good wine makers prunes the vine to ensure quality.
Favorita wines have a straw yellow color, bright, with a nose with persistent aromas of citrus and fruit. On the palate Favorita wines are fresh, fruity, refreshing with a soft finish.
Until recently Favorita grapes were used in blends, to add freshness to the grapes that were lacking it, however, in the last few years this has changed, and Favorita wines are becoming slowly more and more available and appreciated. Favorita wines are perfect as an aperitif or to accompany fish or typical Piedmont starter or risotto, dishes complemented by the delicate flavour and acidity of the Favorita wine.