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: Malvasia Nera di Brindisi

This Malvasia hails from Puglia or Apulia as we say in English. It tends to grow around Lecce, Taranto and Brindisi. Malvasia Nera di Brindisi which is also sometimes called Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Malvasia di Bitonto and Malvasia di Trani is usually used in rose wines for which the Salento is very well known... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Aleatico

My series on Italian grape varieties continues on Altacucina Society's website. This week's article is on Aleatico. Aleatico grows in a number of different Italian regions, the most famous of which are Tuscany, Apulia and Lazio. I have tried a number of these wines and find them quite interesting. Aleatico can be made into a... Continue Reading →

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