10 native Italian varieties worth seeking out

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Grignolino

A tragically unfashionable red grape due to its high acidity, very light red colour and robust tannins, but its refreshing midweight personality is perfect for today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Grown only in Piedmont, it is the perfect partner for vitello tonnato. Grignolino d’Asti is lighter and more floral than Piedmont Grignolino or Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese, which show more red berry characteristics.

Try: Pio Cesare, Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese, Piedmont 2008  

A light, refreshing red, the high tannins and acidity of which can prove a real jolt to unsuspecting palates. Pio Cesare’s version is softer than most. Plenty of small red berries and cherries to cleanse the palate. 16.5pts/20
Price: £19–19.50 Harrods, Swig
Drink: 2012–2013
Alc: 13%