Native Wine Grapes of Italy

Native Wine Grapes of Italy

by Ian D'Agata

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Mountainous terrain, volcanic soils, innumerable microclimates, and an ancient culture of winemaking influenced by Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans make Italy the most diverse country in the world of wine. This diversity is reflected in the fact that Italy grows the largest number of native wine grapes known, amounting to more than a quarter of the world’s commercial wine grape types. Ian D’Agata spent thirteen years interviewing producers, walking vineyards, studying available research, and tasting wines to create this authoritative guide to Italy’s native grapes and their wines. Writing with great enthusiasm and deep knowledge, D’Agata discusses more than five hundred different native Italian grape varieties, from Aglianico to Zibibbo.

D’Agata provides details about how wine grapes are identified and classified, what clones are available, which soils are ideal, and what genetic evidence tells us about a variety’s parentage. He gives historical and anecdotal accounts of each grape variety and describes the characteristics of wines made from the grape. A regional list of varieties and a list of the best producers provide additional guidance. Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and engaging, this book is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know more about the vast enological treasures cultivated in Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520272262
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/16/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 668,496
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Ian D’Agata is a Rome-based wine writer and educator who writes regularly for Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar newsletter and for Decanter magazine. He is the Scientific Advisor of Vinitaly International and is now also Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International  Academy, and is the author of The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy.

Table of Contents


Map of Italy’s Wine Regions

Introduction: Understanding “Native” and Classifying Grape Varieties

Part I. Grape Varieties: What, Where, When, Why, and How

1. Ampelology: The Art and Science of Grape Variety Identification

2. The Origin of Viticulture and a Brief History of Italy’s Grape Varieties

Part II. Italy’s Native and Traditional Grape Varieties and Wines

3. Grape Groups and Families

4. Major Native and Traditional Grape Varieties

5. Little-Known Native and Traditional Grape Varieties

6. Crossings




General Index

Index of Grape Varieties

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