Italian wine and grape guide : Raboso


Raboso is a red grape variety cultivated in the Italian region of Veneto and it is largely used in blends, including sparkling wine blends, though on very few occasions, it is vinified on its own. The name of this grape is believed to come from the Italian word “rabbioso” (angry) due to reaction to the aggressive tannins people who drunk the wine had. The Raboso grape is the main grape in the DOCG wines Piave Malanotte and Bagnoli Friularo blends. In eastern Veneto, this was once the most commonly grown variety of grape and it became known as the “wine of travel”, thanks to its ability to withstand aging and travel, and this made it incredibly popular among Venetian navigators.

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