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5 Endangered Varieties to Try

Expand your palate and help these varieties from going the way of the dodo.

By Joseph Hernandez, 02.28.2014

 

There are 1,368 known wine grape varieties. But 80 percent of the world’s wine production comes from 20. Of the remaining vitis vinifera, hundreds are at risk of going the way of the dodo.

For instance, 155 Mediterranean endangered varieties are planted on less than 24 acres, according to the French Wine Mosaic Project, one of several institutions whose sole purpose is saving grapes from the abyss.