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Jancis Robinson's definitive book Wine Grapes revealed 377 different Italian wine grapes now in current use, more than in any other country. Just a few of the most enjoyable are listed here, but several of them are not commonly available and all are well worth trying.
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The pecorino grape has quite recently been rediscovered by knowledgeable Italians as the source of excellent full, crisp dry whites.
Lovely rich-flavoured single-vineyard aglianico with excellent balance from the best slopes and ripest grapes of the La Guardianese co-operative in Campania who supply most of the local well-known brands with grapes but
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Gregory Perrucci almost single-handedly resurrected the excellent susumaniello grape native to Puglia. It is expressive and rich but with freshness and grip too so matches dishes cooked with olive oil very well.
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The Allegrini family have shown the way to make delicious Valpolicella by capturing the fruit, fragrance and freshness of the wine and only using production from their own vines. The wine is a delight and has been
Sum is the susumaniello grape, a Puglian rarity rediscovered by Gregory Perucci to great effect. Splendidly expressive and rich but with freshness and grip too, so a great match for roast duck or vegetables cooked in
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A delicious grower's Prosecco from the heart of the best vineyards in the Veneto belonging to the Adami family.
Full, vigorous, deep-flavoured Chianti that offers a great deal of flavour for the price. The Grati family have a splendidly exposed hillside of vines in the Rufina Valley.
Grechetto makes the best whites of central Italy, with good body and flavour which grows in the glass. The Barberanis in Orvieto are particularly expert with it.
Contero is owned by the Marenco family who are moscato and brachetto specialists in Strevi. The 11-hectare estate remains one of the best producers of both varieties. Drinking this delightful muscat-scented sparkling
The reds from Barberani have really come of age in the last decade. This full-bodied mix of sangiovese, cabernet and merlot is seductive and elegant and outperforms many higher-priced Tuscan wines.
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