The flagship wine grapes of the future

Lagrein and Nieddera



Source of many potential globally important grapes of the future, Italy’s varietal treasure trove caught Vouillamoz’s attention with two red grapes in particular.

He selected Lagrein from the Alto Adige for its deep colour and fresh acidity, while noting that it is already spreading from its native source and into Australia, where more than 10 producers have planted it.

Then he picked Sardinian grape Nieddera for its potential to produce full-bodied and complex reds. Although Voillamoz admitted that he was tempted to choose Sicily’s Nerello Mascalese, he said this grape was “already too famous”.

One Response to “The flagship wine grapes of the future”

  1. John Cifelli says:

    Great article. It’s exciting to think that there are many lifetimes of exploration and development in the ever expanding wine world. One item to add- Counoise is being grown at Unionville Vineyards in New Jersey as well with great success. Rhone varieties, along with some Austrian varieties (perhaps the flagship varieties of the future in the past) have a home in NJ.
    -John Cifelli, Executive Director, Garden State Wine Growers Association

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