Which of the following does not belong with the others in this group: Verdicchio, Vermentino, Verduzzo, Viura, Vernaccia, Verdello.

A. Verdello

B. Verduzzo

C. Viura

D. Vernaccia


Viura is a white grape variety grown in the Rioja region of Spain where it makes dry white wines. It’s also grown in Spain’s Penedès region where it’s known as Macabeo and is used in Cava. All the rest are Italian white grape varieties that, for the most part, make dry Italian white wines. Verdicchio is grown mainly in the Marche region. Vermentino is famous as the grape grown on the Italian island of Sardinia as well as in Tuscany. Verduzzo is grown in Friuli Venezia Giulia where it makes the luscious dessert wine Ramandolo. Vernaccia—or its full name Vernaccia di San Gimignano—is made in Tuscany. And Verdello is grown in Umbria where it is one of the grapes that make Orvieto. Yes, you can be forgiven for mixing up all those Italian whites that begin with a « V » !

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