Italian Grape Name & Appellation Pronunciation Project

The Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project was inspired by a desire to share the aural experience of Italian ampelography, vinography, and toponymy — in the voice of the winemakers and grapegrowers themselves.

Below you’ll find YouTube videos in alphabetical order (and I’ll continue to add more as the project expands). Thanks for listening to and speaking Italian grapes and appellations! :-)

AGLIANICO

AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE

CARRICANTE

CATARRATTO

CERASUOLO D’ABRUZZO

CIRÒ

CONEGLIANO

FALANGHINA

FREISA

GAGLIOPPO

GARGANEGA

GLERA

INZOLIA

LAGREIN

MAGLIOCCO

MALVASIA (TWO WAYS)

Tuscany

Friuli

MONTEPULCIANO

NASCETTA

NEBBIOLO

NEGROAMARO

NERELLO CAPPUCCIO

NERO D’AVOLA

NERELLO MASCALESE

PRIMITIVO

PROSECCO

SAGRANTINO

SALICE SALENTINO

SANGIOVESE GROSSO

SCHIOPPETINO

TAURASI

TEROLDEGO

VALDOBBIADENE

VITOVSKA

24 Responses to Italian Grape Name & Appellation Pronunciation Project

  1. Arthur says:

    I’d like to hear Fiano, Montepulciano and Sangiovese pronounced correctly.

    Arthur
    shutupandmakewine.com

  2. [...] I always thought “Aglianico” was pronounced “a-lee-YAN-ee-koh”. Apparently, I was off by a few phonemens…  (above video is from Jeremy Parzen’s Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project) [...]

  3. Adri Barr says:

    Bravo!! Grazie mille !

  4. I know many of these producers personally and it would be interesting to hear the grape names interspersed in sentences of spoken dialect. I suspect you’d hear radical differences, as this project is based on the Italian pronounciation of grapes that are rarely discussed in Italian proper. Hearing Cantele pronounce ‘negroamaro’ will give you the Italian but talk to a producer in his 80′s, and he’ll be hard-pressed to find one that actualy speaks Italian, much less one that doesn’t pronounce his grape without drenching it in dialect

  5. Do Bianchi says:

    thanks, everyone, for the kind words of encouragement!

    @Arthur Sangiovese is already there… and I have Montepulciano in the cue…

    @Silvestro if you look at the individual posts (I’ll add links to each one on this page), you’ll see that I address some of the speakers dialectal inflections. If I’m not mistaken, you’re a filmmaker: I WOULD LOVE IT if you would capture some older folks on digital video and send me clips to post here! :-)

  6. [...] Jeremy Parzan has the answer: his Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project. Parzan, who holds a doctorate in Italian and writes the blog Do Bianchi, has asked his favorite [...]

  7. [...] Note: To listen to Nero d’Avola and other Italian grapes and appellations spoken by winemakers and grape growers, click here to go to the Do Bianchi Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project. [...]

  8. pascal says:

    awesome
    So good!
    Please continue

  9. [...] the wake of the positive response to the Italian Grape Name and Appellation Project, it seemed only logical to launch the Greek Grape Name and Appellation Project. And where better to [...]

  10. TonyK says:

    Well, I don’t know, but I learned “Aglianico” as “all-ya-NEE-co”; similar to “Aleatico ” = “ah-lee-ah-TEE-co”.

  11. [...] to hear Francesco de Franco pronounce the word “Gaglioppo”.  From Jeremy Parzen’s Italian Grape Name and Appellation Project. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted in [...]

  12. [...] has to be the case thanks to the Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project over at Do Bianchi. This is definitely one that is for [...]

  13. [...] Italiaanse druivenrassen uitspreekt? Jeremy Parzen van wine blog DoBianchi.com startte het Italian Grape Name Pronuncation Project. De eerst video in een reeks van vele werd ingesproken door Elisabetta Foradori, van wie ik onlangs [...]

  14. [...] Here’s the link for previous entries in the Italian Grape Name & Appellation Pronunciation Project. [...]

  15. [...] Vinitaly earlier this year, I asked Florian Gojer of the Gojer winery to pronounce Lagrein for the Italian Grape Name & Appellation Pronunciation Project. When I asked him to pronounce Schiava, he insisted on using the German name, noting that in [...]

  16. Walt N. says:

    Fun and educational, thank you. One tiny correction, the caption (on this page, not in the video) reads “VALDOBBIANDENE” with an extra ‘N’.

  17. [...] (BTW, if you’re having trouble pronouncing Aglianico del Vulture, click here to hear my good friend and Aglianico del Vulture producer Sara Carbone say it for my came….) [...]

  18. Jeff Sanders says:

    Babera is promounced Barbraor maybe not..

  19. [...] check out Jeremy Parzen’s Italian Grape Pronunciation Project for a quick lesson in Italian grapes, including Vitovska, straight from the producers’ [...]

  20. al anderson says:

    Thanks for the music of Italian wine language, especially Francesco De Franco doing “GAGLIOPPO” with piano accompanying!!

  21. […] The latest installment of the ongoing Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project. […]

  22. Marie Tyler says:

    We love this project!

  23. Love these videos! And it is no surprise that I have mispronounced many an Italian appellation/grape ;)

    ~Pamela
    http://enobytes.com

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