Forastera | White wine grape grown in the Campania region in its native Italy. Forastera (or forestiera, in Italian) means foreigner; the name tells the story and origins of this grape.

Where grown | Campania: it is grown almost exclusively on the island of Ischia. The best wine is DOC Ischia Forastera; in the DOC Ischia Bianco wines, Forastera is part of a blend.

Viticulture | Medium sized bunches and berries. It’s a very vigorous and productive variety. Sensitive to oidium and botrytis bunch rot.

Wine style | Forastera is typically herbal (wild fennel, oregano, mint) and saline, with hints of ripe Golden Delicious apple and dried apricot. It has a rich mouthfeel.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.176.