Italy is a paradise for all those who want to leave the path of the wine world. The countless geographical, geological and local peculiarities that are from Eisack valley Until after Marsala, are supplemented by an unmanageable range of Autochthonian grape varieties that are unique in the world. Estimates commute between 300 and 800. The national grape variety register (Registro Nazionale delle Varietà di Vite) lists around 500 varieties in its catalog.
Autochthon is a Greek origin, whereby the prefix can be translated with your own or directly, while Kthon simply means earth. Autochthone varieties refer to their origin and tell stories that often go back far into the past. They are deeply connected to their place of origin and can only be separated from him in the rarest of cases. Winemakers worldwide are trying to provide evidence again and again that he is not growing anywhere as well as on the Moselle. Nebbiolo only works in northern Italy and even if Sangiovese Meanwhile from California to Australia, the best wines scraped out of Tuscany come from by far. And even the omnipresent Chardonnay sets the standards on which the wine world works unsuccessfully, in its actual homeland, the Burgundy.
One of the crucial reasons for this is the interaction of countless natural components and local traditions influencing the wine, which have defined the understanding of the peculiarities of the variety and their place in the territorial ecosystem, which has often been accumulated for centuries. Autochthon varieties are often an integral part and authentic expression of regional cultures and often emphasized with the identities of people.
Ian d’Agata, one of the most eloquent grape variety researchers in the country and write the great book Native Wine Grapes of Italy, compared with a constant journey. Autochthon varieties are often among the most exciting discoveries. They are the hidden monuments in remote alleys, the small, forgotten bays overcrowded islands. To get to the track, you have to go in the opposite direction occasionally. However, if you have found them first, you will keep returning to them.