Sangiovese Lambrusco

In this book, vine geneticists and experts Attilio Scienza and Serena Imazio reconstruct the lineage of wine: using DNA analysis, archeology, 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 nineteenth century.

In a scientific yet accessible way, Lambrusco, Sangiovese, 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.

The book
Cover: hard back
Pag :224
Isbn-10: 88-8429-029-2
Isbn-13: 978-88-8429-029-2
formato: 15×21 cm

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Attilio Scienza

Attilio Scienza, is a Full Professor at the University of Milan and President of the Comitato Nazionale Vini. He is the author of over 350 published works, including 23 books on the subject of Italian Wine. He is the Chief Scientist of the Vinitaly International Academy.


Preface by Stevie Kim
Introduction: Vines know no borders

  • The curious case of Lambrusco
  • Moscato and Malvasia: a journey through time and place
  • Founders of the lineage: Traminer and Pinot
  • The great Dynasties of European Wines
  • Heroic Vines
  • A different Malvasia twin: Ribolla gialla
  • The contested son: Sangiovese
  • The great Traveller: Primitivo
  • Phylloxera



«Sweeping in its scope, but retaining the intimacy of a personal anecdote, this book is a must for anyone who would seek to truly know Italian wine ».

Sarah Heller MW, Proprietor, Radix

«Attilio Scienza and Serena Imazio share with us a series of most exciting real stories about grapes travelling and transforming landscapes. Their angle—solidly based upon science and knowledge, with as much global perspective as depth—is unique. They are like this book’s grapes, well traveledand exceptional. Thank you for these hours of intellectual enjoyment!».

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, International Wine Judge

«For decades, Attilio Scienza has stimulated and energized the production sector of the agronomic and enological world. I don’t think we would have reached today’s results without his scientific commitment. Even now, every time I meet him, I always feel the excitement and reverence of a student. Thank you Professor Scienza!» 

Lamberto Frescobaldi, President, Marchesi Frescobaldi 

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