What does NON-INDIGENOUS GRAPE mean?
A wine grape considered AUTOCTONOUS in a certain terroir and then transferred in another land is considered NON-INDIGENOUS. We define non-indidigenous SOMETHING WICH IS NOT BORN IN THAT PLACE.
= A NON-INDIGENOUS GRAPE is cultivated far from its
native land with excellent results and keeping its features.
Often we use INTERNATIONAL GRAPE as a synonym of NON-INDIGENOUS GRAPE. Those are usually grapes that spread in different
areas of the world, showing a vary high grade of adaptability
to different climates and soil conditions.
Let’s bust the myth of wine super-connoisseurs, because nowadays apparently it is almost
a disgrace declaring to produce Syrah, Chardonnay or Cabernet outside of France.
Is that guy in the picture planting Chardonnay in 1977 trying to copy someone else?
Absolutely not, he’s doing it because Chardonnay was growing lush in his home.
The world of wine is full of clichés sometimes hard to eradicate. Some personas
spread the idea that planting something different from Grillo and Nero d’Avola
in Sicily sounds blasphemous. The picture is really meaningful since it shows that Grillo
and Nero d’Avola should be considered non-indigenous if outside their native province.
Good wine comes from good lands, properly cultivated, and honestly we sould not really
care if the grandfathers used to speak a different language, mostly because if we consider that the first grapes were cultivated in the Caucasus and then imported by the Greeks in the Mediterranean. If we put it like this we should consider every grape non-indigenous.
Pietro Giuseppe Maria