A white grape variety from Piedmont, in northwestern Italy. Arneis literally means "little rascal" because it is a tricky grape to grow. It has naturally low acidity and can easily become over ripe if harvested too late. It makes wines that are crisp, dry, floral, and full bodied. Historically, Arneis was used as a blending grape in Barolo, to soften the tannins of Nebbiolo. Now it is seen more as a varietal grape.