Ugni blanc, Trebbiano, Talia or Branquinha

Most cultivated white grape in France.

Colour: Amber to pink when mature.

Frequency: 190,000 ha worldwide.

Synonym(s): “Trebbiano” in Italy. You will find different nicknames such as “Clairette a grains ronds” in Provence. In Portugal it is referred as “Talia” or “Branquinha”.

Origin: Italy

Maturity: Third late period.

Sensitivity to diseases: Extremely sensitive to winter frost. It is sensitive to diseases such as downy mildew. At the other hand, it is resistant to powdery mildew and grey rot.

Area(s) Cultivated:

France→ Cognac area( Charentes), Armagnac area  (Gers, Lot et Garonne, Landes), Gironde, Midi Pyrénnées, Languedoc, Provence, Corsica

Europe→ Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal, Greece, Romania

Worldwide→ Russia, USA (California), Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia.

Where (map)

Type of Wines [ Profile ] – Pointe vers des profils types = Fiches archivées de dégustation

Wines are not really aromatic nor acid. They are perfect for distillation. They produce spirits such as Armagnac and Cognac.  But they can produce more aromatic dry white wines (ex: Bandol area), often describe as crisp and refreshing.

Facts and tips:

  • 6th in the world classification of grape variety.
  • 1st type of white varietal which have been cultivated in France.
  • Blended with Clairette, Grenache blanc, and Sauvignon varietals.