Indigenous Varieties

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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indigenous varieties, vine varieties that are intensely local to a particular area and have a relatively long tradition of being grown there. Researchers in switzerland and gascony were some of the first to rescue near-extinct local varieties in the 1980s but they have been followed by a host of others in the early 21st century, particularly but not exclusively in Italy. A discernible fashion for indigenous varieties emerged as a reaction to an earlier one for international varieties.