Here’s part two of our preview of wineries that will feature at Borsa Vini Italiani 2018, CHIJMES, 22 November 2018.
Thanks to its diverse landscape and myriad grape varieties, Italy produces the largest range of wine styles in the world. Across its 20 wine regions, you can sip on the likes of rich velvety Barolos and bold red Chiantis, aromatic whites from the north, earthy and smoky volcanic wine of Mount Etna and a host of fizzy Spumante, Prosecco or Franciacorta.
At Borsa Vini Italiani 2018, a fine selection of wineries from across the country will be showcasing their wine, their passion, expertise and heritage. On November 22 at 11.30 am, Mr. Lim Hwee-Peng, Certified Specialist in Wines (CSW), wine educator and certified wine judge, will be hosting a Blind Wine tasting experience. Guests will be taken on a wine journey through the excellence of Italy as Mr. Lim introduces 10 of the best Italian wines presented at the event without revealing their labels. This is an exciting wine experience not to be missed for wine lovers and enthusiasts.
In this second installment, we highlight some wineries from the southern regions and the islands of Italy to look out for at the wine exhibition.
Facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, Campania’s coastline comprises fertile soil rich in minerals that make it perfect for growing grapes. In fact, it is home to an impressive range of grape varieties, many of which are indigenous and found almost nowhere else on earth. Its most important grape though, is Aglianico, made into the region’s two most famous and respected red wines: Taurus and Aglianico.
This family-run winery in Irpinia still uses ancient traditions in viticulture. Its vineyards are spread over 30 hectares across hills with suitably soil, at an altitude comprised between 350 and 500 metres above the sea level. In their cellar, built in 1993, they employ the most advanced techniques in winemaking that enables them to best extract the fragrances and flavours of the wines of Irpinia. The company currently produces around 200,000 bottles a year.
Eduardo Scuotto was driven to settle in Irpinia by his passion for wine. Together with his son Adolfo, they founded Tenuta Scuotto in 2009. With an aim to produce unique wines that are authentic expressions of the terroir, every aspect of their production is characterised by a respect for the land. They produce two kinds of Fiano and Aglianico, as well as Greco and Falanghina, whose grapes are sourced from outside the estate.
One of the oldest farmer’s cooperative from Campania, Cantina di Solopaca comprises 600 member winemakers and 1,300 hectares of vineyard area spread across Solopaca and 16 neighbouring municipalities. Grapes grown include Falanghina, Aglianico, Greco and Fiano. These are harvested in traditional methods and brought into the Cantina, where after careful selection, are made into approximately 100 thousand hectoliters of wine each vintage.
Founded in 1998, Cantine Colle di San Domenico produces wine with a passion, wine that distinctly reflects the Irpinia region it is located in. From traditional viticulture to the rigorous selection of grapes, and then to the modern enological techniques employed in the winery, each step of the wine production process is taken to enhance the intrinsic qualities of the wine and grape.
Contea de Altavilla is located in Altavilla, Irpinia, one of eight municipalities of the Campania region where Greco di Tufo DOCG is produced. The fertile and historical area is still home to vines that were introduced during the time of Greek colonisation, and the wines produced take on a mineral characteristic thanks to old sulphur mines nearby. Their range of wines include Fiano di Avellino DOCG, Taurus DOCG, Irpinia Aglianico DOC and Falanghina.
In the heart of the Apennine Mountain range, the Meriggio Estate consists of about 40 hectares, 20 of which are planned with vines. To achieve the highest quality of wine, viticulture revolves around a deep respect for the terroir with the use of innovative cropping systems, while vinification combines traditional and modern winemaking techniques. The modern winery is built according to the principles of environmental sustainability, complete with solar panels and rainwater collection.
Ideally located between the Adriatic and Ionian seas, Puglia is Italy’s second largest wine producing region and home to 25 DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). As it is surrounded by water on three sides, cool breezes off the Mediterranean help to moderate vineyard temperatures. The two most popular wines from Puglia are Salice Salentino and Primitivo.
Vigneti Reale produces a range of fine wines from the Salento production area, known for its rich, fruity and full-bodied wines. The 250 hectares property has a flat and generous landscape with calcareous soils, where grapes like Malvasia, Chardonnay, Negroamaro, Primitivo and Zinfandel are planted. The winery maintains control over the entire production process, from growing the vines, through making the wine, and finally delivering it to the consumer.
Located at the “toe” of the Italian peninsula, the Calabria wine region is characterised by its Mediterranean climate. Over 90% of the region’s wine production is red wine, with a large portion made from the Gaglioppo grape. When it comes to white, Greco bianco is the grape varietal of choice in this region.
Established in 1800, Criserà winery has a long family tradition deeply rooted to the land and its vines. The estate has been passed down for four generations until today. Keeping focused on the authenticity of its wines, the winery is committed to selecting quality autochthonous vines and uses the latest technology to achieve quality wines. The Criserà company has a variety of IGT wines characterised by a strong character, great finesse and elegance.
With its warm climate, hilly terrain, volcanic soil, sunny dry climate and mollifying sea breezes, Sardinia is an ideal place for growing wine grapes. Its location off to the west of mainland Italy means the key grape varieties here are very much different to the other Italian wine regions. The island’s best known red grape is Cannonau, a relative of the Spanish Granacha grape.
Montespada is located in the northeast of Sardinia, overlooking the sea just in front of the Corsican coast. With an impermeable subsoil consisting in granite slabs, their vineyards in the Giunchizza region are grown to grape varietals like Vermentino di Gallura, Carignano and Cannonau, and its unique terroir allows the best balance of acids and sugars in the grapes.
The Vermentino di Gallura DOCG Consortium is appointed by the Italian Minister of Agricultural policies to protect, enhance and promote Vermentino di Gallura DOCG wines. While the grape Vermentino is cultivated in many parts of Italy, the Gallura region provides the most ideal terroir thanks to the region’s mainly granitic soil that gives the wine its characteristic minerality. The Consortium represents over 20 associated wineries.
The Loi family is an historical Sardinian company that has been producing wines since the early ‘900. Their estate is in Ogliastra, an area considered the homeland of the Cannonau grapes, and the estate has been producing Cannonau DOC wine as their flagship for many years. They also use other native grapes such as Vermentino, Nasco, Moscato, Monica, Carignano and Muristellu, to make a range of blended and varietal wines.
Cantina del Vermentino was born in 1956 in Monti, one of the most ancient wine growing region in Sardinia. Today the winery counts 200 members and their vineyards extend into the territories of Gallura, over medium hills between 350 and 500 meters, on soils of granitic breakdown, in areas highly exposed to winds, also brackish ones, can greatly mitigate the summer heat. The major wine produced is the Vermentino di Gallura.
In 1980, the brothers Franco and Tonino Tani and his wife Federica, bought their first plot of land in Monti, Gallura and planted their first vineyard of Vermentino grape. Today, the property consists of 15 vineyards across 90 hectares. They currently produce four labels, Taerra (Vermentino di Gallura DOCG Superiore), Serranu (IGT isola dei nuraghi), Meoru (Vermentino di Gallura DOCG) and Donosu (Cannonau DOC).
Thought the winery Tenute Olbios was established in 2003 by Daniela Pinna and her husband David Mele, the estate’s vineyards has been planted 45 years ago by Daniela’s grandfather and subsequently entirely converted to the production of the Vermentino di Gallura. The winery adopts a strong philosophy of respecting the territory, sustainability, as well as innovation, which is functional to the excellence and the quality of the wines. Tenute Olbios wines are 100% Vegan.
Sicily is Italy’s southernmost region and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Because of its hot climate and volcanic soil, Sicily is home to countless vineyards. The island’s classic Mediterranean climate ensure low to minimal outbreaks of diseases, which means chemical sprays are hardly necessary. Thus much of Sicilian wine is produced from organic grapes. Nearly 90% of the total DOC wines made in Sicily are dessert wines, but there are superb red and white wines produced on the island.
Cantina Grasso was founded in 1887 in northeastern Sicily, when Don Peppino planted the first vine. Today, Alessio, together with his sons Tullio and Carmelo – the fifth generation, are committed to transferring the family company’s tradition, skill and passion into modern-day winemaking. The winery has also remained faithful to Sicily’s classic native varietal, the Nero d’Avola grape, that represents the greater part of its high quality wine production.
The Romano Winery was founded in 1890, thanks to the family’s entrepreneurial desire to make quality wine that best expresses the local terroir. The Cellar and the vineyards of the Roman Family are located in one of the most enchanting corners of western Sicily, between the provinces of Palermo and Trapani. In the vineyards are native grapes like Catarratto, Grecanico and Moscato for the whites; Perricone, Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese and Mamertino for the reds; as well as other International varieties.
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