Both a white grape variety and a varietal wine of Piedmont in northwest Italy. Originating in Roero, where it once enjoyed a loyal local following, Arneis fell into decline and was on the verge of extinction by the early 1970s. However, come the next decade, enthusiasm for this scented, weighty, dry white was rekindled, and planting and production increased several fold. Arneis was accorded DOC status in 1989, having consolidated its reputation for being a fine herb-scented and almond-flavored, if low-acid and short-lived, white.