It means little sweet one, referring to the low acid grapes that are a joy to eat straight off the vine. Important to note that you’ll never find a sweet wine made from this grape though – it is more well known for being crunchy, fresh and slightly bitter. Out of all the more famous grape varieties of Italy, Dolcetto is rarely wine en. The beauty is in its simplicity to be sure, but sometimes it struggles to stand out in a crowd. And crowding has been its biggest challenge as most of the land where it was once planted has now been taken up by Nebbiolo for obvious economic reasons.