Italy’s incredible wealth of native grape varieties endows it with a special place in the wine world.
It is teeming with local individuality, and nowhere does this express itself more forcefully than in its rarer, less well-known indigenous grape varieties and the wines made from them.
Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for wines from Susan’s must-try southern Italian grapes
Italy has about 2,000 native grape varieties, with some 350 of these documented and authorised by the Italian government. For the adventurous wine drinker, Italy offers a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.
The 12 grape varieties that follow come from the south of Italy and from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily.