Wine tours. Instructions for tasting and preparing it. Second part
Barolo cellar

After the first part in which I listed you the basic words of the Dictionary of Wine, here I am with this second episode. If you are bored…. consider taking a good glass of wine and tasting it while you read!

We go on with the preparation of your tour and the second part of the Enoico or Oenological Dictionary.

I will talk to you about native grapevines. What are autochthonous varieties?

The autochthonous term referring to a grape variety indicates that it was born and evolved in a territory and has adapted to the point of being able to say that it merges with it.

In Italy, we have a heritage of more than a hundred indigenous grape varieties of established tradition. Some vines are known, others are unfortunately in danger of extinction. In Piedmont, we have many native varieties. Some varieties that were almost extinct have been recovered and today are the pride of small producers. They are wines rich in personality and represent an excellent response to the worldwide homologation of taste.

Piedmont has autochthonous varieties of white and red grapes

White Grape varieties are:

Wine Tour - White Grapes
Dizionario vini autoctoni Piemontesi
  • Arneis
  • Barbera Bianca (rare grape)
  • Cortese
  • Erbaluce
  • Favorita (furmentin)
  • Malvasia
  • Malvasia di Schierano
  • Moscato Bianco

And now those of red grapes:

  • Barbera
  • Bracchetto
  • Croatina (bonarda)

    Wine Tours - Red Grapes
    Dizionario enoico I vini Autoctoni

  • Dolcetto
  • Freisa
  • Grignolino
  • Malvasia di Casorzo
  • Nebbiolo
  • Neretta cuneese
  • Neretto di Barlo
  • Nero Buono
  • Pelaverga
  • Quagliano
  • Ruchè

From this list, you can already understand the richness of Piedmontese wine production! But if I told you that there are other autochthonous vines even more secret and fascinating? For example, Nascetta? Small big DOC of Novello!

It is a grape variety that was resumed in 1990, about 100 years after the first indications related to this type of grape. SlowDays also tries to follow these small but fascinating local realities.

Tour dei Vini - Angoli nascosti

Are you intrigued?  Then follow us next week. Finally, we will help you define the stages of your trip. In the meantime, if you want to take a look at our proposals and get ideas from you, use this link or ask me for information.


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