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Hybrid – Piwi – Grapes, Yes or No?

Discussion on the future of hybrid grapes in the wine industry

In this video, I delve deeper into the situation of hybrid grapes – Piwi – in the Italian wine industry. The discussion ranges from hybrid grapes’ history, their relevance in changing global climate conditions, and the industry’s resistance to integrating them in well-established wine regions. I also share my experiences from a wine dinner in Tuscany featuring Vernaccia di San Gimignano wines. Furthermore, I argue that just as the Italian wine industry evolved to embrace French grapes in the past, the future might be bright for hybrid varieties too.

00:00 Introduction to the Topic of Hybrid Grapes
00:36 About the Host and Her Work
01:11 History and Importance of Hybrid Grapes
04:17 The Future of Hybrid Grapes
05:30 Challenges and Controversies Surrounding Hybrid Grapes
06:32 Reflections on Monovarietal Wines
07:16 Experience at Vino People Association’s Wine Dinner
07:48 Discussion on Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wines
13:58 The Future of Hybrid Grapes Revisited
15:38 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Katarina Andersson

Seen often at wine events streaming live, Katarina is a wine writer, wine educator, social media strategist, and translator. She is the founder of WinesOfItaly LiveStream. She has been a guest at The Cellar, hosted by Richard Glover, at Wine Two Five, a podcast hosted by Stephanie Davis and Valerie Caruso, and at the Twitter chat #WiningHourChat founded by Li Valentine.

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