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  • Format:Hardback
  • ISBN:9788894290922
  • Publication Date:12-09-2019
  • Pages:259

Sangiovese, Lambrusco and Other Vine Stories

Sangiovese, Lambrusco and Other Vine Stories

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Behind the cultivation of grape vines and their fruits’ fermented juice lies a history of peoples who worked the land, transformed the landscape, produced and traded wines, thus forging local and global communities. In this book, vine geneticists and experts Attilio Scienza and Serena Imazio reconstruct the lineage of wine: using DNA analysis, archaeology, anthropology, myth, and literary sources, they discuss the origin and ancestry of vines such as Sangiovese, Ribolla, Primitivo, and the many Moscato, Malvasia and Lambrusco grapes. Chapters also cover more widely planted varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot, as well as the impact of the phylloxera epidemic in the 19th century. In a scientific yet accessible way, Sangiovese, Lambrusco and Other Vine Stories illuminates the complex interaction between human communities and vines, in a journey which will reveal riveting stories of migration, conquest, exploration and cross-cultural exchange.

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  • Weight0.4 kg
  • Dimensions140 x 216 mm
Attilio Scienza is a Full Professor at the University of Milan, where he taught genetic improvement of the grapevine. He is the author of 350 scientific publications and 15 books—both academic and of wider appeal—on topics related to the description of grape varieties as well as their relationship with the environment and historical origin. After completing her degree in Biology in 2000, Serena Imazio begins her extraordinary journey into the wine world. She considers herself very lucky since she managed to turn her unabashed curiosity for all things science and her love for the wine world into a fantastic job.

‘The books that taught me about wine were about places and people. It’s the history and stories about a wine that bring it to life and make it worth talking about.’

– Steven Spurrier