Vespolina is an Italian red wine grape used for blending with Nebbiolo and Croatina (Bonarda). The variety is primarily grown in Colline Novaresi and Gattinara, Piedmont, as well as Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardy.
Vespolina is a low-yielding variety thought to be the offspring of Nebbiolo.
It has Nebbiolos spicy characteristics, although its tannins tend to be softer. As a result, Vespolina is used to help mellow youthful Nebbiolo-based wines and lift the blends aromatics with hints of wild flowers, mushrooms and green tea leaves. Only a handful of varietal Vespolina wines are produced.