New autochthonous grape variety discovered in Valpolicella

Foto-2-portaleA new grape variety with genetic markers that had not been catalogued so far, will now enrich the heritage of autochthonous Italian grape varieties. The new Spigamonti variety has been named after the location where it was found, near Montecchio di Negrar in the province of Verona (Veneto, Italy), at an altitude of 450 meters, in a vineyard belonging to a winegrower associated with the Cantina Valpolicella Negrar. Marking its debut into the “who’s who” of Italian varieties, Spigamonti was officially registered at the end of January 2014 in the list of classified local wine-grape varieties permitted by the Veneto Region for cultivation in the province of Verona.
Since cultivation of the local grape has been officially approved, Cantina Volpolicella Negrar will now be able to produce a wine with the new variety. “Spigamonti is a unique and special grape which has proven to be excellent for drying and thus for the production of Amarone”, explains Daniele Accordini, oenologist and director of Cantina Valpolicella Negrar. He adds: “Under the new 2010 rules of production, the first DOCG year for Amarone, there is the possibility to include 10% indigenous grapes. Spigamonti is one of these and it is going to make our wines even more unique and unrepeatable, which are characteristics that today’s wine consumer seeks out, values and expects from us“.

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