The Italian white grape Arneis is getting popular worldwide, but fifty years ago it was almost extinct. Originally planted to distract the birds from Piedmont’s more important red variety, Nebbiolo, Arneis was named ‘Little Rascal’ because it was also a troublesome crop, yielding small quantities of disease-prone fruit. But a hard-working local producer revealed the variety’s inherent charms and while it’s famous expression is still Piedmont’s Roero DOCG, producers in cooler climates from California to Australia and New Zealand produce typical Arneis with its elegantly fresh but aromatic nature, subtle pear and stonefruit flavours and perhaps even the classic note of almond.


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  1. 2014 Coopers Creek SV "Little Rascal" Arneis

    2014 Coopers Creek SV "Little Rascal" Arneis

    93 Points Sam Kim
    A cheap pirce for a local icon of Arneis! This scored Gold in the NZ Aromatic Wine Competition. The Little Rascal is named from the Italian origin of the word Arneis, the grape being a bit of ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.99 Save $6 $16.99 in mixed 6+ or $18.99 per bottle
  2. 2014 Villa Maria Ohiti Gravels Arneis

    2014 Villa Maria Ohiti Gravels Arneis

    4 Stars Michael Cooper
    This serious Arneis is a full-flavoured and rounded expression or this re-emerging Italian grape. Hawkes Bay's comparatively warm climate gives riper stone and tropical fruit while a little old ...
    Elsewhere up to $28.99 Save $3 $25.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Vietti Roero Arneis

    2016 Vietti Roero Arneis

    91 Points John Caro
    A gorgeous white, a reference point for Arneis style and a piece of history – this very wine was the result of Alfredo Currado of Vietti personally rescuing and reviving this once endangered, ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle

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