Ar·​neis ˌär-ˈnāz How to pronounce Arneis (audio)
variants or less commonly arneis
: a dry white wine from the Piedmont region of Italy
Arneis is a rich, gloriously fruity, mouth-filling wine that is soft, even unctuous.Robert M. Parker, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide, 1989
also : the grape from which Arneis wine is made
Arneis, an ancient white grape of Italy's Piedmont, had almost disappeared 25 years ago. Gerald Asher, Gourmet, March 2004

Word History


borrowed from Italian, borrowed from Upper Italian (Piedmontese), of uncertain origin

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Arneis was in 1989

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“Arneis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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