10 native Italian varieties worth seeking out

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Grechetto

Grechetto

Wine lovers will know this grape as the main player in the Orvieto blend, but recent studies have shown Umbria’s Grechetto to be a member of the Trebbiano family (one sub-variety is identical to Pignoletto, a native of Emilia), and different from the Grechetto of northeastern Lazio. It is related instead to the Greco family but is called Grechetto or ‘little Greco’ due to its smaller berries and bunches.

Try: Sergio Mottura, Poggio della Costa, Grechetto di Civitella d’Agliano, Lazio 2010  (pictured)

Fresh and floral, with mineral echoes and above average texture and complexity for a richer and longer ageing Grechetto typical of Lazio. 17pts/20
Price: £10 Vinum
Drink: 2012–2018
Alc: 14%

Try: Barberani, Umbria 2009

From slightly late-harvested grapes, the Barberani family makes some of Italy’s best Orvieto, and their Grechetto is true-to-type as well. Simple and fresh, with lemony and floral aromas and flavours, it’s an excellent aperitif. 16pts/20
Price: £7 The Wine Society
Drink: Now
Alc: 13.5%

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