Italian Indigenous Varieties: Negro Amaro Precoce

This week's indigenous variety is called Negro Amaro Precoce. It was found in some of the Negro Amaro vineyards in the Salento but is apparently it's own biotype because it matures some 20 days before most Negro Amaro. Precoce or Cannellino means precocious and this grape vine is apparently just that. It has the same... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Negrara nero

This week's Italian indigenous variety is called Negrara. There are two different Negrara's though, one is that of the Veneto and the other of Trentino-Alto Adige. The former is an essential component in wines from the Veneto such as Amarone and Valpolicella which is why I put a picture of Verona at the top of... Continue Reading →

Lombardia: A Wealth of Wine

When one thinks of Lombardy or Lombardia as the Italians call it, they don't often think of wine. Milan, the principal city in the region, is known for finance, fashion, industry and much else. Wine is never what one first thinks of although even Milan has it's own DOC. San Colombano d.o.c. wine. This is... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Greco di Tufo

This week's indigenous variety is Greco di Tufo. Thought to have been brought to Italy from Greece, in the 7th-8th century B.C. by Greek colonists, it is generally considered to have landed near the area around Vesuvio in Campania. It produces lovely white wines with a golden color, good acidity and astringency. It is grown... Continue Reading →

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