Facebook pixel

Freisa grapes

by | Oct 16, 2016

Freisa is a productive and vigorous vine which is a round and black-skinned grape. This variety of grapes is harvested in the early October.


The 3-lobed structure of the leaf is small, whereas bunches are in the elongated form.

Wine grape varieties

Remember to read the Wine Tasting guide…


Regions where Freisa grape is grown

Freisa is a red wine grape native to the Piedmont region in the northwestern part of Italy, particularly in the Langhe and Monferrato, but also in the far north provinces of Biella and Turin.

By the 1880s, Freisa had been among the major grapes of Piedmont, and in that duration the cultivation was regulated by the resistance of vine to the fungal infection downy mildew due to Plasmopara viticola.

Wines produced from this grape are red and generally little sweet and somewhat foaming or sparkling. Fully sparkling and still varieties are also made along with the dry and undoubtedly sweet styles.

As per the DOC regulations, there is a rose wine in the canavese which can be produced specifically from Freisa.

History and origin of Freisa grape

The plantation of Freisa had been started in the 18th century in the Piedmont region and as believed by the ampelographers, this grape is originated somewhere in the hills between Turin and Asti.

Recently Davis from University of California who had conducted the DNA profiling revealed that Freisa shares a parent-offspring connection with Nebbiolo.

There are two main clonal versions of Freisa – a small berry-like clone called Freisa Piccolo which has a number of plantations and a large berry Freisa di Nizza or Freisa Grossa which is planted on fertile and flatter terrain and synthesized less famous wine.

The specific taxonomic and genetic relationship between these two is yet uncertain, but several ampelographers and winemakers do distinguish between the two.

Freisa di Chieri is possibly its own sub-version of Freisa Piccolo developed in the Chieri region and specified by its own DOC. It produces a deep colored, highly perfumed and tannic wine.

Synonyms for Freisa grape

Synonyms for Freisa are Fessietta, Encore, Fresa, Barbera, Monferrina, Monfra, Spannina, Monfreisa and Freisa di Chieri.

Characteristics of Freisa grape

Freisa appears to be a polarizing version. Many first timers are repelled with its bitter finish and overbearing tannins along with the residual sugar which is mostly used to oppose these effects.

But some take it as a challenging and refreshing variety. These divisive prospects are specifically available in Freisa Piccolo because of the lower juice to pip, stalk or skin ratio of the grape.

Those who prefer both petutant, tannic Nebbiolo and strawberry-scented Brachetto possibly form the major part of the fan base of Freisa, and can consider themselves as true wine lovers of Piedmont.

Characteristics of Freisa grape wine

Resembling the Nebbiolo, Freisa makes wines with considerable acidity and tannins- while it can be utilized in blends; it is mostly used as a varietal.

Freisa gives structure and color to blends to improve the wines produced from varieties like Barbera or Grignolino. Traditionally, this grape was produced as a lightly sparkling wine with some sweetness.

To equalize the aging on its sediments and bitterness from the grape, the wines would be produced with a small quantity of residual sugar and are taken to a secondary fermentation to produce froth in a limited amount.

This sweet or bitter dynamic has made Freisa popular with many critics and fans with wine experts like Robert M. Parker explaining the wine as “totally repugnant” to Hugh Johnson describing the Freisa wine as “immensely appetizing”.

The modern process of winemaking has developed techniques to reduce few bitter types of tannin and ferment the wine completely dry. These techniques are aged in oak barrels and fermentation tanks with temperature control.

Similar to Nebbiolo, this grape makes wine which is light in color, but with more specific purple hues comparatively.

The Freisa wines are often featured with raspberry, violet and strawberry aromas. Freisa Nebbiolata is a distinctive wine of the Piedmont area produced in a ripasso style.

In this process, Freisa is fermented with the Nebbiolo skins left over from the synthesis of Barolo. This produces an extremely tannic wine with the capacity of complex flavors.

Food pairings with Freisa grape wine

This wine can be paired with food items like Grilled field mushrooms, garlic bread and cheese ball.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

I have been online since it all began, with blogging and creating websites. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one of my passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

Are you a Copywriter?

We have a lot of articles without much content, if you can do it better, you are welcome to write a nice article, and get the proper credit for that. Read more information about beeing an author, and Contact us for more information.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Wines with Freisa grapes

Wine Grape Varieties
Wine Informations
Wine Merchants
Bar and Cocktail Equipment
Bottle Opener
Wine Accessories
Wine Opener
Alcohol Free
Brown Ale
Chinese Beer
Christmas Beer
Czech Beer
Danish Beer
English Beer
Finnish Beer
German Beer
Iceland Beer
Indian Pale Ale
Italian Beer
Japanese Beer
Mexican beer
Pale Ale
Seasonal Beer
Swedish Beer
Turkish Beer
Wheat Beer
White Ale
French Champagne
Cocktail Bitters
Cocktail Mixer
Cocktail Muscat
Cocktail Shakers
Fruit Juice
Mead and Tonic Wine
Soft Drinks
Spirits Mixer
Dessert Wine
Argentinian Dessert Wine
Australian Dessert Wine
Chile Dessert Wine
English Dessert Wine
French Dessert Wine
Fruit and Ginger Wine
German Dessert Wine
Hungarian Dessert Wine
Italian Dessert Wine
Madeira and Marsala
New Zealand Dessert WIne
Portugal Dessert Wine
South African Dessert Wine
Spanish Dessert Wine
Cognac and Brandy
Eau De Vie
Gin & Genever
Gran Marnier
Irish Liqueur
Irish Vodka
RTD'S (Ready to Drink)
Tequila & Mescal
Port Wine
Portuguese Port Wine
Portuguese White Port
Ruby Port Wine
Tawny Port Wine
Red Wine
American Red Wine
Argentina Red Wine
Australian Red Wine
Austrian Red Wine
Bulgarian Red Wine
Chile Red Wine
English Red Wine
French Red Wine
Georgia Red Wine
German Red Wine
Greek Red Wine
Hungarian Red Wine
Italian Red Wine
New Zealand Red Wine
Portuguese Red Wine
South African Red Wine
Spanish Red Wine
Uruguay Red Wine
Rosé Wine
American Rosé Wine
Australian Rosé Wine
Chile Rosé Wine
English Rosé Wine
French Rosé Wine
German Rosé Wine
Italian Rosé Wine
New Zealand Rosé Wine
Portuguese Rosé Wine
South African Rosé Wine
Spanish Rosé Wine
Sparkling Wine
American Sparkling Wine
Argentina Sparkling Wine
Cyprus Sparkling Wine
French Sparkling Wine
German Sparkling Wine
Italian Sparkling Wine
South African Sparkling Wine
Spanish Sparkling Wine
Walisisch Sparkling Wine
Blended Malt Whisky
Blended Whisky
Bourbon & USA Whiskey
Grain Whisky
Irish Whiskey
Other Whisky
Scotch Whisky
Single Malt Whisky
White Wine
American White Wine
Argentina White Wine
Australian White Wine
Austrian White Wine
Chile White Wine
English White Wine
French White Wine
Georgia White Wine
German White Wine
Greek White Wine
Hungarian White Wine
Italian White Wine
New Zealand White Wine
Slovakian White Wine
South African White Wine
Spanish White Wine
Chile Wine
English Wine
Exclusive Wines
Fine Wine
French Wine
German Wine
Italian Wine
New Zealand Wine
Port Sherry Madeira
Portugal Wine
Spanish Wine
Wine Gifts
Beer Gifts
Gift Packaging
Spirit Gifts
Wine & Champagne Gifts

Wine Tours

5/5 (1)

Give this page a High Five!

Save up to 20%

Get our newsletter with the promotional code, and save a lot of money!

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here

Online Shopping and World's Best Wines

Save up to 20%

Receive our newsletter and get the latest news, promotional codes and freebies

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here