Picolit

Picolit (also known as Piccolit and Piccolito) is a white Italian wine grape grown predominately in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy. The grape is allowed in the Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita (DOCG) wines of Colli Orientali del Friuli. The grape is most commonly associated with sweet dessert wines often made in the passito style. Historically planted in poor and infertile vineyards, the grape gets it name from the very small piccolo yields that the vine produce. The grape had a worldwide reputation in the 18th century when it was featured in royal courts from Great Britain to the Russian Empire. While experiencing cult wine popularity in the 1960s & 1970s, Picolit's extremely small yields have made it economically difficult to grow and has limited the number of plantings.

It was assumed to be identical with the Hungarian grape variety Kéknyelű. But in 2006 isoenzymes and microsatellite analyses have confirmed that this two cultivars are different.

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia Wine - Viticulture and Winemaking - Grapes and Wines
... The Picolit grape also does well in sweet wines where it can produce elegant, floral wines that have a dry finish ... Some of the most expensive Friuli wines are made from the Picolit grape which is prone to grape diseases and mutations which cause the vine to lose its flowers and grape clusters ... In most years, less than half of a vineyard Picolit crop will survive and be able to make wine ...
Friuli-Venezia Giulia Wine - Wine Regions - Collio and Colli Orientali Del Friuli
... designation can also include the white grapes Müller-Thurgau, Picolit, Riesling, Traminer and Welschriesling as well as the white juice from the red wine grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Nero ... varieties are also similar though Ribolla Gialla and Picolit takes a more prominent role here as does the local grape Verduzzo ... Picolit is known particularly for the quality of the dessert wine it produces and has 2 DOCG dedicated to its production in Udine ...
Colli Orientali Del Friuli - Other DOCs and DOCGs
... Cialla DOC is noted for its dry white wines and produces sweet and off dry wines from the Picolit and Verduzzo grapes ... Sweet wines made from the Picolit and dry wines from the Pignolo grapes are also common in this region ... The dessert wines from the Picolit grape made in the passito style has two DOCG regions in the Colli Orientali del Friuli, the Colli Orientali del ...
Picolit - Synonyms
... Picolit is also known under the synonyms Balafan, Balafant, Blaustengler, Blaustingl Weiss, Kek Nyeliü, Keknyelü, Kel'ner, Peccoleto Bianco, Piccolet, Piccoletta, Piccolit, Piccoliti Bianco, Piccolito, Piccolito ...