Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs

Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs is the definitive reference book on the myriad crus and the grand cru wine production areas of Italy’s native wine grapes. Ian D’Agata’s approach to discussing wine, both scientific and discursive, provides an easy-to-read, enjoyable guide to Italy’s best terroirs. Descriptions are enriched with geologic data, biotype and clonal information, producer anecdotes and interviews, and facts and figures compiled over fifteen years of research devoted to wine terroirs. In-depth analysis is provided for the terroirs that produce both the well-known wines (Barolo, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino) and those not as well-known (Grignolino d’Asti, Friuli Colli Orientali Picolit, Ischia). Everyday wine lovers, beginners, and professionals alike will find this new book to be the perfect complement to D’Agata’s previous award-winning Native Wine Grapes of Italy.

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  1. I have never seen a wine book like this. Ian D’Agata is a prize-winning writer on Italian wines. With this brand-new volume, he offers up the chemistry, geology, and lore of Italian wine terroirs. Following introductory material on Italy, terroir, the problem with Italian appellations, and his approach, he takes up major and lessser-known grape varietals. The discussion includes pertinent geologic background, observations on climate and growing conditions, chemistry, history, and critical…

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