Italian Wine Unplugged – Grape by Grape: a concise yet comprehensive introduction to Italian wine and its many grape varieties.

The plethora of grape varieties planted across more than 500 different Italian wine regions – not to mention the complex system of appellations – can be really confusing for those interested in learning about Italy’s wines. That’s why the JDTW editorial team has created Italian Wine Unplugged – Grape by Grape, a guidebook that has been adopted by Vinitaly International Academy as its textbook of choice.

The purpose of this book is to provide a schematic reference tool for all those who want to unravel the world of Italian wine, starting with the grape itself. Throughout the book, the use of diagrams, infographics and chromatic codes help users to connect and retrieve information across different chapters, while a specially designed visual tool at the back of the book guides readers through the intricacies of Italian grapes with photographs, mind maps and tables.

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Unplugging Italian Wine
Vino Italiano: History, Geology, Climate
Italian Wine Classifications: Searching for Quality Standards

Grape by Grape

Grappling with Italian Grapes: Categorization and some Useful Scientific Concepts
Must-know Native and Traditional Varieties
Lesser-known Native and Traditional Varieties
Rare Native and Traditional Varieties

Wine Visions

Grape by Grape: Photographs of Grape Brunches
Mind Maps: Must-know Grapes
A Vinous Giro d’Italia: Italian Wine Appellations


“Italian Wine Unplugged is the most enjoyable way to learn about wine aside from actually drinking it. Stevie Kim, grande dame of all things vino, has crafted the ultimate comprehensive and easy-to-use guide on Italian wine.”

Joe Bastianich, Restaurateur, Wine and Food Writer, TV Personality

A master key, (…) its grape-by-grape breakdown an incomparable reference tool for Italian wine grapes. It is accessible in the sense that you can choose how deeply you engage with the information. Each small piece of the giant puzzle is digestible, so you can dig as deep as you’d like, and you can gloss over the inevitable grape or appellation you’ve never heard of and will surely never remember.”

Isaac Baker, Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

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