By Gary L Peters
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Sandovese has been recommended for planting in relatively warm viticulmrai climates in the United States, though it may also do w e l in cooler areas. This cultivar is moderate to hiph in yield, resistant to most grape infections, and moderately vigorous in kowth habit. As of the mid-1990s, there were over 600 acres of Sangiovese in the Golden State; interestingly, the largest plantings are in Naps and Sonoma Coun~es,not in the wanzler climes of the Great: Central \klle\i: Other stares have so far shown little or no interest in this ct~ltivar: France remains the major source of other cultivars for the Anlerican wine industry, in addition to contributing three of the four noble grapes-Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Phylloxera, which has not naturally occurred in either of the native California species, is native to h e r i c a n gapevines east of the Rocky Mountains, which are resistant to it as a result of long exposure. Phylloxera remained relatively unknown for a considerable time, even though it certainly was responsible for destroying most of the early Vitisvinifer plantings in the eastern United Sates. Its renown, however, sterns -From America:(; first vine expors to Europe during the middle of the nineteenth century.
In the mid- 1900s, California's Nehbiolo acreage just reached 100, up from fewer than ten acres a decade earlier; other states have not yet done much at all with this cultivar. Sangiovese (officially listed in California as Sangioveto) is the leading red grape used in Chianti, probably Italy's best-known wine, long associated with the basket-covered bottles Vi/rschi) in which it nften came (and which have largely disappeared as the quality nf Chianti has substantially improved). Sangiovese and Barbera are the most widely planted grapes in Italy.
American Winescapes: The Cultural Landscapes Of America's Wine Country by Gary L Peters