Synopses & Reviews
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 worldand#8217;s commercial wine grape types. Ian Dand#8217;Agata spent thirteen years interviewing producers, walking vineyards, studying available research, and tasting wines to create this authoritative guide to Italyand#8217;s native grapes and their wines. Writing with great enthusiasm and deep knowledge, Dand#8217;Agata discusses more than five hundred different native Italian grape varieties, from Aglianico to Zibibbo.
Dand#8217;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 varietyand#8217;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.
and#147;Ian Dand#8217;Agata was born to write this exhaustive, indispensable book on Italian wine grapes. His passion is indefatigable and his writing effortless. His willingness to demolish myths makes this the definitive word on the subject.and#8221;
John Mariani, author of The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink and How Italian Food Conquered the World
and#147;Ian Dand#8217;Agataand#8217;s amazingly comprehensive new guide enables adventurous wine lovers to investigate Italyand#8217;s vast storehouse of native grapes. Think of this book as a GPS device for finding each varietyand#151;from world-renowned to nearly extinctand#151;in its greatest manifestations.and#8221;
Stephen Tanzer, Editor/Publisher, International Wine Cellar
About the Author
Ian Dand#8217;Agata is a Rome-based wine writer and educator who writes regularly for Stephen Tanzerand#8217;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 Internationaland#160; Academy, and is the author of The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy.
Table of Contents
Map of Italyand#8217;s Wine Regions
Introduction: Understanding and#147;Nativeand#8221; 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 Italyand#8217;s Grape Varieties
Part II. Italyand#8217;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
Index of Grape Varieties