ALEATICO

Among Italy’s oldest grape varieties, Aleatico too was in all likelihood spread by the Greeks throughout the Italian peninsula, predominantly in Puglia and Lazio. Some studies of its DNA have demonstrated that it exhibits a relationship with Moscatello Nero. Aleatico ripens fairly early and is quite drought-tolerant; its clusters are medium in size, vertically long and winged, slightly loose or medium compact. The berry is likewise medium size, bluish, with a rather thick skin and abundant bloom. Aleatico is primarily utilised for the production of wines that are sweet and strongly-aromatic, much like red-grape Muscats, and their appearance is deep and dark, due to the high amount of malvin in the skin. The grape is not widely planted--just a few hundred hectares--, but the vineyards are distributed throughout Puglia. The Aleatico di Puglia DOP is another example of the special relationship of Aleatico with Puglia; established as far back as 1973, it covers the entire Region.

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