Vinitaly launches special blend of indigenous grapes to celebrate 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification

Aglianico del Vulture, indigenous to Basilicata, a region of Italy perhaps better known as the ancient Magna Graecia. The grape is thought to have been brought over by the greeks in the 7th century BC

One red wine, one white wine — UNA Rosso and UNO Bianco: each a blend of one indigenous grape from each of Italy’s 20 regions to celebrate the unification of the Italian state under Garibaldi in 1861. A perfectly Italian idea! Romantic, whimsical, celebratory. How the wines will taste is anyone’s guess since the wines are not for sale, but will be used only at official Vinitaly and Italian state commemorative functions. Still, the idea is captivating. Although there appear to be some obvious oversights (Nebbiolo, Corvina, Greco di Tufo, Pecorino, Piedirosso, Lagrein, and  2,000 other indigenous Italian grape varieties),  I would guess these were to enhance the ultimate flavor of the wine. Anyway, making  a wine blended from over several thousand different grape varieties would be a daunting task at best!

The wines were created by Assoenologi, the Italian Association of Enologists and Enotechnologists from native grapes chosen by 20 regional agricultural and viticultural advisors.  Only 6800 bottles (567 cases) were produced. The 20 red grapes and their region of origin used in the UNA Vino Rosso are:
Valle d’Aosta: Petit rouge
Piedmont: Barbera
Lombardi: Croatina
Liguria: Rossese di Dolceacqua
Veneto: Raboso
Trentino Alto Adige: Teroldego
Friuli Venezia Giulia: Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso
Emilia Romagna: Sangiovese
Tuscany: Sangiovese
Lazio: Cesanese di Affile
Umbria: Sagrantino
Le Marches: Lacrima
Abruzzo: Montepulciano
Molise: Tintilia Puglia: Negroamaro
Campania: Aglianico
Basilicata: Aglianico del Vulture
Calabria: Gaglioppo
Sicily: Nero d’Avola
Sardinia: Carignano

Grapes of UNA Bianco are:
Valle d’Aosta: Priè Blanc
Piedmont: Cortese
Liguria: Vermentino
Lombardy: Trebbiano di Lugana
Veneto: Garganega
Trentino Alto Adige: Weissburgunder
Friuli Venezia Giulia: Friulano
Emilia Romagna: Pignoletto
Tuscany: Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Umbria: Grechetto
Lazio: Malvasia
Le Marches: Verdicchio
Abruzzo: Trebbiano
Molise: Falanghina
Puglia: Fiano
Campania: Fiano
Basilicata: Greco
Calabria: Greco Bianco
Sicily: Grillo

Sardinia: Vermentino

Grapes shown trellised in “the old way” on fruit or olive trees, a take on the ancient Roman phalanx system of trellising tho many believe this to have been the earliest model.

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