Grape Varieties I-J Inzolia

Inzolia Wine

Inzolia (or Ansonica) is an Italian grape variety grown in both Sicily and Tuscany. While it is most famous traditionally as an ingredient in the fortified Marsala wines, it is now seen more and more as a crisp, dry white wine, in blends and as a single variety. Inzolia wines are moderately aromatic, and tend to display nutty, citrusy characters with herbal notes.

The grape has a long and complicated history. It is thought to have originated on the island of Sicily, and is related to other Sicilian natives like Grillo and Nerello Mascalese, but other sources have argued that Inzolia is related to the Roditis and Sideritis grape varieties of Greece.

Inzolia (Ansonica) Grapes

A grape that goes by the name "Irziola" is mentioned by Pliny the Elder in "Naturalis Historia", but there is no evidence to suggest this is the same variety.

Today, Inzolia is found across Sicily, particularly in Palermo and Agrigento. It is permitted as a blending grape in many of the island's DOC appellations, adding a nutty weight to wines made with Catarratto and Grillo.

Inzolia's tendancy to lose acidity late in the season means that it has long been a building block of fortified Marsala wines, but improved winemaking techniques and a change in fashions has seen Inzolia's place in Sicilian winemaking change significantly.

In Tuscany, the variety is known as Ansonica and is planted in the coastal Maremma, as well as on a small island 16km (10 miles) offshore called Giglio. It rivals Vermentino in popularity, often joining it in blends to make simple, dry white wines with good character.

Some producers in the region are making more interesting wines, using techniques such as fermenting the grapes on the skins for extra flavor, as Ansonica has unusually high levels of tannin for a white wine.

Synonyms include: Ansonica, Ansonica Bianca, Insolia, Nzolia.

Food pairings for Inzolia wines include:

  • Risotto with mushrooms and walnuts
  • Salmon sashimi
  • Steamed clams with butter
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Most Popular Inzolia Wine

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Wine Name
Region
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Donnafugata Anthilia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 4,129th 88 $15
Bibi Graetz Testamatta Bianco Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT 10,455th 91 $95
Bibi Graetz Colore Bianco Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT 24,499th 91 $304
Bibi Graetz Testamatta Bugia Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT 28,352nd 90 $50
Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 31,972nd 88 $15
Altura Isola del Giglio 'Ansonaco Carfagna' Maremma Toscana, Tuscany, Italy Maremma Toscana 38,049th 89 $39
Donnafugata Vigna di Gabri Contessa di Entellina, Sicily, Italy Sicily 40,549th 89 $18
Cusumano Insolia Terre Siciliane IGT, Sicily, Italy Terre Siciliane IGT 47,425th 88 $10
Baglio di Pianetto Insolia Sicilia, Sicily, Italy Sicily 50,322nd 88 $11
Rilento Inzolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 58,741st $8
Duca di Salaparuta Bianca di Valguarnera Bianco Terre Siciliane IGT, Sicily, Italy Terre Siciliane IGT 61,675th 90 $39
Firriato 'Chiaramonte' Inzolia Sicilia, Sicily, Italy Sicily 65,064th 88 $10
Feudo Arancio Inzolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 66,833rd 86 $8
Macchion dei Lupi Odyssea Costa Toscana Ansonica IGT, Tuscany, Italy Costa Toscana IGT 77,782nd $21
Feudo Montoni Inzolia dei Fornelli Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 80,417th 89 $20
Feudo Montoni 'Colle del Mandorlo' Bianco Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 83,227th $6
Tasca d'Almerita Sallier de La Tour Inzolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 86,221st 88 $11
Cusumano 'Cubia' Insolia Sicilia, Sicily, Italy Sicily 93,172nd 89 $17
Caruso & Minini 'Terre di Giumara' Inzolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 97,011th 86 $11
Cantine Barbera 'Tivitti' Inzolia Menfi, Sicily, Italy Menfi 97,011th $15
Duca di Salaparuta Colomba-Platino Bianco Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 101,375th 87 $14
Valle dell'Acate Tenuta Ibidini Insolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 105,962nd 87 $15
Legato Inzolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 105,962nd $7
Liotro Inzolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 111,082nd $13
Cantine Pellegrino 'Tareni' Inzolia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily 111,082nd $7
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