Wine Guide What About The Grapes

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Wine Guide What About The Grapes – Wine Region Map

Agiorgitiko Greek for St George and a characterful variety widely planted on the Peloponnese. The only grape variety used for Nemea which can be long-lived.

Aglianico Late ripening, southern Italy red grape of real importance and considerable potential. Ageworthy with a noble structure, its smoky, minerally, berry-fruited character gains greater complexity and refined texture with keeping. The best wines come from Campania (Taurasi and various IGTs) and to some extent Basilicata (Aglianico del Vulture) and Puglia but don’t expect greatness from the increasing amounts of inexpensive Aglianico now appearing from the same regions.

Albana White variety responsible for mostly nondescript Albana di Romagna DOCG. Much better as a sweet wine produced from dried grapes in passito versions.

Albariño Galicia’s (north-west Spain) great white hope, Albariño is often compared to Viognier. It not only shares some of Viognier’s perfume and succulent peachiness but also the wide disparity in quality levels. Try only a top rated example from a good producer where yields low and the winemaking expert. As Alvarinho, Portugal’s best examples (sold as varietal Vinho Verdes) don’t yet match the best from its northern neighbour. Aleatico Italian variety found in Puglia, Lazio and southern Tuscany usually vinified as a perfumed sweet red.

Alfrocheiro Preto Portuguese variety most likely to be encountered in Dão but planted in Bairrada and further south. Best used to add colour and complexity to a blend but has also recently been produced varietally.

Alicante Bouschet Characterful red-fleshed crossing (that claims Grenache as a parent) once heavily planted in southern France. Though more often used as a blending grape decent varietal examples are made in Portugal’s Alentejo, Central Italy (especially Tuscany or Emilia) and California.

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