a story shared by several renascent grape varieties, Arneis has been rescued
from the verge of extinction and is now enjoying something of a revival. By the
1960s, just a few hectares of Arneis vines remained, and only a handful of
producers were making the wine. There are now more than 1500 acres of Arneis
vines in Piedmont.
In the past couple of decades, Arneis has become synonymous
with the wines of Roero. The Arneis
variety's survival is due in part to the efforts of one winemaker, the late
Alfredo Currado, a member of the well-regarded Vietti wine family. From 1967
onwards, Currado devoted a great deal of time and effort to this then-endangered
variety. In the winery, Arneis was added in
small quantities to Nebbiolo or Barbera wines in order to soften their robust
Roero, Arneis wines are made in the Langhe hills immediately to the south and
in the Terre Alfieri to the northeast (near Asti).