Pignolo is another red wine grape from Italy, which is barely understood outside of the small local area where it has been grown and cultivated for generations. From a small corner of northeast Italy, the grape means “fussy” in Italian.
According to vintners, that fussy moniker is an apt description for Pignolo. Yields tend to vary dramatically from year to year, sometimes seemingly without reason. The grape has appeared in literature since the 16th century, so there is certainly plenty of history here, even if we’re not aware of it here in the United States.
Like many Italian wines, when Pignolo is grown well it strikes a nice balance between acidity and fruit.