Tenuta Scuotto: Putting Irpinia’s Quintessential Characteristics in the Bottle

Oi Ni took me to Tenuta Scuotto a few years ago. It was not like the other Fiano wines I’ve tried. The complexity is impressive and as it ages more, it bears some similarities to Riesling. Its personality starts with the structure and acidity then moves you towards layers of ripe fruits and petroleum aromas. It is that kind of wine that’s waiting to narrate … Continue reading Tenuta Scuotto: Putting Irpinia’s Quintessential Characteristics in the Bottle

Domaines Paul Mas of Languedoc, France: Wines That Amplify the Excellence of the Region

The story of Domaines Paul Mas blossoms directly from its founder and owner, Jean-Claude Mas, a primary protagonist of the wine producing region of Languedoc in France. He comes from a family of wine producers in the town of Pézenas in Languedoc, France, starting with his great-grandfather Auguste Mas who has acquired the first family vineyard of 9 hectares in 1892. Further purchases of land … Continue reading Domaines Paul Mas of Languedoc, France: Wines That Amplify the Excellence of the Region

Tenuta San Francesco: Centuries-Old Vines Producing Phenomenal Wines in the Amalfi Coast

Have you ever seen the trunk of a centuries-old vine branch? An authentic bole grown in awning that winds for meters and meters twisting on itself, with the joints that they resemble seafaring knots, intrigues of wool skeins, creating grotesque games of lights, shadows and wood. Have you ever walked under the branches of Tintore, humongous pergola-trained vines that create roofs of leaves above your … Continue reading Tenuta San Francesco: Centuries-Old Vines Producing Phenomenal Wines in the Amalfi Coast

How Chiesa del Carmine Revived the Excellence of an Abandoned Viticultural Umbrian Valley

Unseen from the main roads is a valley as big as 124 hectares of cultivated land with rows of vineyards and olive orchards surrounded by natural woodlands. Unpaved white roads bring you to the heart of this valley, Chiesa del Carmine, the wine producer that has been taking out wines highlighting the excellence of the territory which has been acclaimed in the past for the … Continue reading How Chiesa del Carmine Revived the Excellence of an Abandoned Viticultural Umbrian Valley

Tenuta di Fiorano: The Story of a Prince Who Fell in Love with Winemaking in Rome

The story of Tenuta di Fiorano evolves around a prince who fell in love with something quite unexpected: winemaking. It all starts in 1946 with Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, who comes from one of Itay’s oldest noble families with a line of eighteen noble titles when he took over his family’s 200-hectare land outside Rome. The second among the eight children of Prince Francesco Boncompagni … Continue reading Tenuta di Fiorano: The Story of a Prince Who Fell in Love with Winemaking in Rome

Briziarelli Winery: Umbrian Wines Focused on Quality and Territory

A multifaceted entrepreneur, Pio Briziarielli stepped into the field of farming in the early twentieth century in his locality in Umbria. He took on different branches in agriculture from the cultivation of vineyards and the process of vinification in the old family cellar in Marsciano, the breeding of Chianina cows in the San Gemini area, and the cultivation of olive groves. These are the establishing … Continue reading Briziarelli Winery: Umbrian Wines Focused on Quality and Territory

Ruchè: The Autochthonous Piedmontese Grape Revived by a Local Priest From Near Extinction to Highest Italian Appellation

Ruchè is a native black grape indigenous to the area of Castagnole Monferrato in Piedmont which ran the risk of extinction if not for the foresight of the parish priest of the village. It was never given importance oenologically as it was only consumed as table grapes, or used in blending to refine wines because of its aromatic profile, or to produce sweet wine for … Continue reading Ruchè: The Autochthonous Piedmontese Grape Revived by a Local Priest From Near Extinction to Highest Italian Appellation

The White Soul of Brolio, Francesco Ricasoli Presents Ricasoli 1141 Torricella From 1943 to 2019

Chianti Classico, a region dominated by red wine production, is also an excellent territory for white wines with great aging potential as proven by Castello di Brolio Torricella of Ricasoli 1141. At the vertical tasting of the wines with AIS Rome Delegation that was guided by Valentino Tesi, Best Sommelier of AIS Italy in 2019, Francesco Ricasoli, president of Ricasoli 1141, showcased 13 vintages (14 … Continue reading The White Soul of Brolio, Francesco Ricasoli Presents Ricasoli 1141 Torricella From 1943 to 2019

Tenuta Vitalonga: Passion for an Ancient Winemaking Tradition in Ficulle, Umbria

On the sprawling hills of the upper Orvieto area in Ficulle, Tenuta Vitalonga provides a picturesque view of a characteristic landscape of neat rows of vineyards surrounded by groves of oak extending to the bordering regions of Tuscany and Lazio. In its 90 hectares of land at an elevation between 350 to 450 meters above sea level, 20 are dedicated to vineyards and 6 are … Continue reading Tenuta Vitalonga: Passion for an Ancient Winemaking Tradition in Ficulle, Umbria

Bortolomiol 70th Anniversary Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG 2020, A Special Edition

Bortolomiol, a winery in the heart of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG appellation is commemorating the first 70 years of the company and the pioneering work of its founder Giuliano Bortolomiol with a special bottle of Prosecco. This unique edition, the 70th Anniversary Rive di Col San Martino Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG 2020, is a sparkling wine in a limited number of 8,000 bottles … Continue reading Bortolomiol 70th Anniversary Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG 2020, A Special Edition

Terre di Leone of Valpolicella: Imprinting an Identity of Excellence in Their Wines

Love for the territory of Marano and passion for winemaking of Chiara Turati and Federico Pellizzari that generated Terre di Leone in the 1990s. Federico is originally from Marano who is deeply rooted to the territory since birth, while Chiara, who arrived in Valpolicella at a later time, fell in love with the hills of Valpolicella. Being fascinated by the tales about Leone, Federico’s grandfather, … Continue reading Terre di Leone of Valpolicella: Imprinting an Identity of Excellence in Their Wines

Campania Stories 2021: The Most Remarkable Wines in the Tasting

The Campania region has a lot to offer gastronomically, oenologically and historically. Located in the south of Rome on the anterior shin part of the boot-shaped country, it dwells on a patchwork of exceptional variegated environmental factors wherein native grape vines flourish resulting in distinctive first-rate wines. With the components of the volcanic arc in the region namely Mount Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei, and Roccamonfina, it … Continue reading Campania Stories 2021: The Most Remarkable Wines in the Tasting

The Long History of the Prestigious Enrico Serafino 1878 Winery to Alta Langa Sparkling Wines

The story of Enrico Serafino started in 1878 when he decided to become a winemaker. Heir to a rich family from Romano Cavanese in Piedmont, Enrico, at age 23, moved to Canale, the heart of the best wine production area of the region of Piedmont. He was fascinated with the technological innovation of producing sparkling wine obtained from Metodo Classico which was initiated by Carlo … Continue reading The Long History of the Prestigious Enrico Serafino 1878 Winery to Alta Langa Sparkling Wines

La Fortezza in Sannio: Wines of Great Character From Campania’s Indigenous Grapes

La Fortezza is a producer of wine located in Torrecuso in Tora in the region of Campania that was established in 2009 by Enzo Rillo. It lies on a land of 60 hectares (40 of which are owned) in the viticultural zone of Sannio in the province of Benevento. It is crossed by the southern Apennine ridge, borders with the metropolitan city of Naples to … Continue reading La Fortezza in Sannio: Wines of Great Character From Campania’s Indigenous Grapes

A Visit to 3 Wineries of Frascati: Villa Cavalletti, Casata Mergè and Tenuta di Pietra Porzia

Malvasia di Candia, Malvasia Puntinata or Malvasia del Lazio, Bellone, Bombino Bianco, Greco, Trebbiano Toscano and Trebbiano Giallo. These are the indigenous white grape varieties that comprise one of the celebrated wines of Lazio – Frascati DOC (attained in 1966) and the Frascati Superiore DOCG (attained in 2011). Perhaps in the earlier years Frascati had not been as focused qualitatively as it is now but … Continue reading A Visit to 3 Wineries of Frascati: Villa Cavalletti, Casata Mergè and Tenuta di Pietra Porzia