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July 2005
Italy's Renewed Syrah Success
Italian Syrah may flourish if it is planted in well-suited areas, can co-exist with terroirs dedicated to local native varieties, and can avoid competition with those varieties.
by Franco Ziliani
In 2004 the number of Syrah rooted cuttings sold in Italy was a record 2,100,000 plus some 400,000 purchased directly from France, and overall plantings totaled some 1,500 acres. Sicily maintained first place, followed by Tuscany, Apulia, Abruzzo, Umbria, Campania and Lazio. So how can one explain the success of such a demanding variety that it requires just the right terroir to fully express its qualities? In the opinion of Attilio Scienza, Italy's foremost viticultural expert, Syrah adapt...
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