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Native Wine Grapes of Italy

byIan D'Agata

Hardcover | May 16, 2014

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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.
Ian D’Agatais a Rome-based wine writer and educator who writes regularly for Stephen Tanzer’sInternational Wine Cellarnewsletter and forDecantermagazine. He is the Scientific Advisor of Vinitaly International and is now also Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy, and is the author ofThe Ecco Guide to the Best Wines ...
Title:Native Wine Grapes of ItalyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.87 inPublished:May 16, 2014Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520272269

ISBN - 13:9780520272262

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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

Editorial Reviews

"Native Wine Grapes of Italy is a painstakenly researched and represents a significant contribution to the world of Italian grapes and wines."