By Paul Caputo

The little known Nascetta variety is found in small pockets of Piedmont in north west Italy. Although fairly rare, its plantings have increased over the last 20 years and there are now plenty of producers using Nascetta to make exciting, high quality wines.

Mainly grown around the town of Novello, this white grape was on the edge of extinction until a handful of producers such as Valter Fissore and Elvio Cogno endeavoured to bring it back.

In the mid 90s there was not a single vineyard given over exclusively to Nascetta. Anyone who wished to plant it would have to select cuttings from random rows in vineyards planted with other varieties.