Piedirosso is an ancient red grape variety that is native to Campania, a region in southern Italy. The grape gets its name from the red color of its stems and is known for producing deeply colored, aromatic wines with bright acidity and a slightly tannic finish.
Historically, Piedirosso was often used as a blending grape to add color and structure to wines made from other grape varieties. However, this grape is making a resurgence in the wine scene. Winemakers in Campania have started to focus more on the unique qualities of the grape and are producing single-varietal Piedirosso wines. This variety is the dominant, often sole grape, used in the famous “Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso” wines.
One of the reasons for this renewed interest in Piedirosso is its ability to reflect the terroir in which it is grown. In Campania, the grape is typically grown in volcanic soils, which can impart a mineral character to the wines. This, coupled with the grape’s natural acidity and tannins, produces wines with a great sense of place and a unique character.
Piedirosso wines are typically medium-bodied, with flavors of red and black fruits such as cherries, blackberries, and plums, and a round smooth finish thanks to earthy minerality. They are a great match for pasta dishes, grilled meats, and sheep or goat cheeses.
While Piedirosso is still relatively unknown outside of Italy, it is becoming increasingly popular with wine enthusiasts who are looking for something new and different. If you’re looking to expand your wine horizons, I recommend Bosco de Medici Pompeii Rosso or Agathos, both 100% Piedirosso.
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