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

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

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

Nas-Cëtta: Reviving a Great White Grape of Piedmont That Almost Went Extinct

Nas-cëtta or Nascetta is a semi-aromatic white grape that originates from the small town of Novello in the Piedmont region of Italy. Cultivated in the area for hundreds of years, it almost went extinct if not for the perseverance of a handful of wine producers of Novello who believed in its great capacity to become one of the greatest white wines of the region. It … Continue reading Nas-Cëtta: Reviving a Great White Grape of Piedmont That Almost Went Extinct

Lupinc Winery in Carso: Defining Still and Sparkling Expressions of Vitovska

Prepotto may be a small town but it has the highest concentration of the best wine producers in the province of Trieste most especially the white wines. It is located in the heart of Carso (or Karst in English) in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia which borders Slovenia, Austria and the Adriatic Sea in the northeasternmost part of Italy. Its geographical conformations spans a … Continue reading Lupinc Winery in Carso: Defining Still and Sparkling Expressions of Vitovska

Pitars Winery’s Bond to the Tagliamento River in Friuli Venezia-Giulia

Pitars is a winery located in San Martino al Tagliamento in Friuli-Venezia Giulia with 160 hectares of vineyards in the three estates. Behind this vast activity is the Pittaro family, the founder of which is Romano Pittaro when back in 1880 he planted a vine of Merlot imported from France in his vineyards. But it wasn’t until the return of his son Angelo to Italy … Continue reading Pitars Winery’s Bond to the Tagliamento River in Friuli Venezia-Giulia

Fifty Years of Custoza DOC Wine: A Unique Blend of White Grapes in Lago di Garda

We are in Lago di Garda, the largest lake in Italy moving towards the southeast area of the lake in a small historical hamlet called Custoza. Looking towards the east you can see Verona while towards the north you can see the imposing view of the Monte Baldo mountain range. It is a land of panoramic scenery and a richness of cultural heritage, trodden by … Continue reading Fifty Years of Custoza DOC Wine: A Unique Blend of White Grapes in Lago di Garda

The Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2017 in Montefalco

The beginning of the year 2021 amplifies the cautious step towards a new normality. One of them is the resumption of physical presence in wine tastings which puts the virtual tastings at the backseat. The Anteprima Sagrantino, organized by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco (consortium of Montefalco wine producers to safeguard and promote the wines) has been taking place in the Umbrian town of Montefalco … Continue reading The Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2017 in Montefalco

Nicola Biasi and His Vin de la Neu Johanitter at the Italian Land of Apples

It’s a challenge alright, but Nicola Biasi was pertinacious in planting small vineyards in the backyard of his father’s ancestral home in the town of Coredo, the heart of Val di Non to produce the right wine he had in mind. Apples are the symbolic production of this area of northern Italy in the region of Trentino because the climate, terrain and the natural elements … Continue reading Nicola Biasi and His Vin de la Neu Johanitter at the Italian Land of Apples

Southern Italian Wine Winners at the Radici del Sud XVI Edition

Visibility to Southern Italian viticulture and agriculture of olive oils is the focal point of Radici del Sud, an annual exhibition and competition of South Italian wines and olive oils. Born from the idea of Nicola Campanile in 2005 who is an Apulian enogastronomic specialist and sponsored by the Regional Council of Puglia, Radici del Sud has substantially grown in a much wider proportion nationally … Continue reading Southern Italian Wine Winners at the Radici del Sud XVI Edition

Pitars Winery: Their Three Expressions of Sauvignon Blanc

The Pittaro family, founder of Pitars, has its roots in the northern part of Italy at San Martino al Tagliamento in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The family has dedicated itself to the cultivation of vines and production of wines since the beginning of the 16th century but it was not until the 20th century with Romano Pittaro and his son Angelo that the winery’s modern history actually … Continue reading Pitars Winery: Their Three Expressions of Sauvignon Blanc

Oltremare: Piandimare’s Latest Wines Gear Towards Easy Drinkability

Piandimare is a cooperative born in 1986 in Villamagna in Abruzzo from the idea of a few farmers who were united in cultivating unique and special vines. In 2014, the small cooperative has grown into a group of seventy producers, renewed its oenological perspective and aimed for quality. Prior to that, the winery had been producing bulk wine for others and with the 2014 project, … Continue reading Oltremare: Piandimare’s Latest Wines Gear Towards Easy Drinkability

The Vibrant and Fresh Wines of Paladin Vigne e Vini of Veneto, Italy

Years of following around his grandfather from the vineyards to the cellar has influenced a curious child into continuing his family’s legacy when he reached adulthood. Growing up with the excitement of having healthy grapes, the perennial anxiety over the weather, the touch of the soil and the smell of wine cellars do embed remarkable imprints into a child’s life. That is how Valentino Paladin … Continue reading The Vibrant and Fresh Wines of Paladin Vigne e Vini of Veneto, Italy

Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi: Ancient Historical Winery and Vineyards in Chianti

Wine is not just a bottle with the fermented liquid product of grapes inside. There’s a vast world of research, work, passion and history behind every finished bottle. One fine example is Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi, a wine estate in Tuscany, Italy where the location alone unfolds hundreds of years of history. Nestled in the heart of the panoramic hills of Chianti Classico in Radda … Continue reading Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi: Ancient Historical Winery and Vineyards in Chianti

Castello di Meleto Casi and Poggiarso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Living the reality of Castello di Meleto is like breathing more than a thousand years of history inside the four walls of its castle on a hilltop of Gaiole di Chianti, in the road between Siena and Florence in Tuscany which overlooks the Chianti valley. What was once the Abbey of Coltibuono belonging to the Benedictine monks in the 11th century, has traversed a rich … Continue reading Castello di Meleto Casi and Poggiarso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017