Ep. 196 –ENGLISH– Attilio Scienza (Vinitaly International Academy Chief Scientist) on Sangiovese
30 Aprile, 2019
Ep. 197 Monty Waldin interviews Marino Braccu (Otto e mezzo Bombana Hong Kong)
2 Maggio, 2019

In this educational podcast recorded in Italian, Monty Waldin meets Attilio Scienza, vine genetics scholar and Chief Scientist of the Vinitaly International Academy. Scienza’s most recent book La Stirpe del Vino (Sperling & Kupfer, 2018) explores the genetic history of an iconic grape variety. In this interview, Scienza and Monty discuss the genetic origins of Sangiovese, its genetic relationships with Mantonico, Nerello Mascalese, Foglia Tonda and other Southern grape varieties. Scienza redefines the notion of grape indigeneity by stating that a grape is native to the place where it finds its best expression, rather than to the place where it originates. Thus, despite its Southern Italian origins and progeny, Sangiovese has found its best expression in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. Scienza talks about Sangiovese’s soils and wine-making styles and introduces key issues related to the main Sangiovese territories and denominations: Morellino di Scansano, Brunello, Chianti, and the Sangiovese in Emilia-Romagna. This podcast will give you an overview of the importance of Sangiovese to the Italian wine tradition and cannot be missed if you are studying wine! A recorded audio translation into English of this interview is available in the next episode.

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