We the Italians March 21, 2016 - 77 - Page 75

st # 77 MARCH 21 , 2016 read more about #Italian Wine ITALIAN WINE: Reinvigorating the Almost Extinct, Native Grapes of Calabria By Jennifer Gentile Martin for www.vinotravelsitaly.com Like many wine producing areas within Italy, grapes that were native to a region over the years were replaced with grape varieties that were more productive for winemakers. In Calabria, wines that were ble nded were always preferred, but as the focus shifted towards more single varieties many native grapes got lost. Due to this, many of these native grapes became extinct and some wineries, like Librandi in Calabria, are working to bring some of those native grapes back on the wine scene. Unfortunately I don’t recall ever having the chance to try either of these grapes I’m sharing with you today, but I hope one day I can experience some of these native varietals of Calabria. It’s all about education and to open our eyes to just how many grapes are out there being produced in Italy that many of us aren’t familiar with. Magliocco grape Magliocco, also known as magliocco canino, is WE THE ITALIANS | 75 www.wetheitalians.com