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Robola grapes

by | Nov 10, 2016

Robola is a white wine producing grape variety grown in Greek region; mainly Italy. It is grown in the Ionian island situated in Cephalonia.


Little plantations can be found in other countries like Greece, USA and Slovenia. The grape was considered to be the same variety as Ribolla but later DNA tests were done on the two varieties and only in the 21st century is being said that the two were not same but different varieties.

Experiments were done to make sparkling wines, but the alcoholic content went up so high that it was not possible to create the desired sparkling wine.

Wine grape varieties

It is known by the names like Asporobola, Robbola, Asporombola, Rompola, Rombolaand few more in different areas. The vine is early ripening and produces a wine high level of acidity.

The grape could not gain high reputation and so the cultivation is not so high. The wines made are usually meant to be consumed young.

Aging of some wines might not give any change while other might develop some false taste.

Remember to read the Wine Tasting guide…


Origin of Robola

Robola is said to be originated in Cephalonia and then brought to Friuli through Slovenia in the 13th century. This variety of grape, like most of the other varieties has no exact proof indicating from where the grape originated.

It is assumed as it has been in the area since the 13th century and there has been no other claim contradicting the assumption. It has been growing in the Cephalonia region for so long that many of the people have cultivation of grapes as a livelihood.

They do not have any other special source of income. The grape is grown in other regions, but has not been able to be very famous. Few wines put the name of Robola on their labels.

The grape can be grown more and other useful methods to use to grape at the right place can be found out to completely utilise the production of the grape.


Robola grape has a pale coloured skin. The vines are cultivated in chalky soils, adding an extra dimension of mineral to the grapes.

This gives a very unique taste to the wines. The grape has a balance of sugar and acid. The acidity of the wine made from this grape variety is very high.

The buds of the vine are to be plucked as soon as they ripe to give complete taste to the buds and prevent rotting.

The grape gives the aromas of citrus and peach. It gives flavours of smoky minerals and leaves a long lemony aftertaste. The wine has a high alcoholic level and well as high acidity.

This makes it favourable to most of the wine tasters as there are very fond of tasting wines with high acidity. You must taste wine made from this grape variety to enjoy its unique flavour. The aromas are liked by majority of people, which lure them to taste the wine at least once.

Food Pairing

The wines made from this grape variety grape have a high acidity making it easy to be paired with almost all food items. You can enjoy the flavour of the wine with roasted cheese with thyme-infused stuffing.

It can also be enjoyed with mozzarella and potato chips. Salted dishes and sushi are among the dishes which can be enjoyed with Robola grape wine. Potato pancakes are often taken with this wine.

Spaghetti can be taken with this wine. It is also possible to consume the wine without taking any other food item. The flavours are not so high that you will need to neutralise it.

The grape has been in the records of grapes since the 12th century and is still being planted in a number of areas proving that the grape has its own role in the art of wine making.

Another feature is its high performance, which forces the farmers to grow more and more Robola grapes.


Michael Bredahl

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