Instead of writing about a particular indigenous Italian variety today I thought I would write about a great wine fair that doesn’t get enough play here in the USA. It is called Autochtona and is held at the Fiera di Bolzano.
This fair, dedicated to native grape varieties, celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend. The wines are exclusively from small-scale producers and contain over 95% of native Italian grape varieties. The wines will compete for awards in two areas: “Autoctoni che passione!” and “Tasting Lagrein”.
I have not yet been able to go to this fair but have been aware of it for a number of years now. Prima o poi, I will make it to this wonderful fair and will get back to Merano, a fabulous wine fair held in November in that city. Wine fairs are always tiring but there’s nothing like being in one of those pavilions to remind me how very much I love the world of wine in all of its variety, especially in countries like Italy that have such varied indigenous varietals.