Aleatico wine variety
Aleatico is a highly perfumed red grape variety with some similarity to muscat.
In fact Oz Clarke's Grapes and Wines suggests that it may in fact be a mutant of Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains.
Aleatico is used in Italy, especially in Puglia and Lazio, and on the islands of Elba and Corsica to produce sweet wines, some are fortified.
The variety is also grown in Central Asia (Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) and Chile
Aleatico in Australia
There are just a few Australian producers including
- Di Lusso Estate Mudgee
- Freeman Vineyards Hilltops
- Hollyclare Hunter Valley
- Rimfire Vineyards Darling Downs
- Riversands Winery Queensland Zone
- Tizzana Winery South Coast Zone
The future of the variety seems to be somewhat limited, although there is renewed interest in sweetish wines.
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