Grape Guide: Piedirosso (Italy)
Piedirosso is an ancient red grape variety grown around the Naples area in southern Italy. It has long been cultivated here and is now prevalent throughout Campania. It is known locally as palumno, meaning Pigeon's foot for the uncanny way in which the grape clusters resemble a pigeon's foot.
The variety is responsible for the red wines of many DOC wines in Campania. In Campi Flegrei DOC for example it produces rustic reds with spicy berry fruit. Here, it often found un-grafted as Phylloxera, the main vineyard pest, cannot survive in the area's mineral rich volcanic soils.
It is often cultivated up high poles in a trellis system known as puteolano.
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