The Fascinating and charming country of Italy, which has 20 large regions from south to the north. Each region has a high quality production. Such as “Amarone” from northeastern Venice, “Chianti Classico” from central Tuscany, or “Taurasi” from Southern Campania. These wines are made from locally grown grapes. They are the representatives of the region and also the prides of those wineries. Invited by Taste Italy’s headquarter Business Strategies, we have the opportunity to join the Italian Wineries Tour after Wine2Wine business forum, during which, we have felt deepen the above understanding.
Amarone’s famous producer——–Tenuta Sant’Antonio (refer to picture 1)
Veneto is located in north-western ltaly,it’s Valpolicella means “valleys with many cellars” The most famous wine here definitely is: Amarone della Valpolicella. It is a dry red wine made of dried grapes. Once the grapes are harvested, they are moved to grape-drying buildings called fruttaio for drying. This process generally lasts about 120 days. In the coming year, they presscomes the dried grapes. Then is a month long low temperature fermentation. A fully fermented dry wine is Amarone della Valpolicella，which has high alcohol concentration, rich aroma and with full body.
Tenuta Sant’Antonio- Full range of wine tasting (refer to picture2)
TenutaSant’Antonio is managed by four brothers. They shared the same dream, which is to develop the vineyard “Valpolicella” that their father left to them.
In 1989, they took the bold and far-sighted decision to buy a property in the Monti Garbi, laying the foundation for what has now become afamous grape cultivation base throughout the world. The winery has grown more than 100 hectares, which produces wines that are close to nature and without losing charater.
Classic winery from Chiantic Classico ——Castello di Gabbiano
The classic wine in Italy central Tuscany is Chianti Classico, which has a logo of black rooster. In 1716, Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, officially delimited the production zone of Chianti wine. After that, the surrounding areas begun to produce wine and used the name Chianti. Until 1932,the adjective “Classico” is added by ministerial to distinguish the original Chianti from the wine made outside the territory delimited in 1716.
Castello di Gabbiano has the longest history in this wine production region, its logo is a mettlesome solider, which makes people think of the time when Florence flight against Siena. Due to the final victory of the Florence Cavaliers, Chianti Classico has gradually become the drink of high officials and noble lords. Besides,the location of castlr is in the central area of Chianti, staying in the castle is very convenient for tourists to visit historical places such as Florence, Siena and Pisa.
The perfect partner of Tuscany wine producing region—- Baracchi winery
Baracchi winery of Tuscany is managed by Baracchi family. Every bottle of their wine has logo of falcon. It said that the owner loves hunting; the falcon is his best assistant. In Baracchi, there is a typical Tuscan villa which dates back to the 17th century was the home of the famous poet Antonio Guadagnoli. Later, Ricarrdo Baracchi has transformed into resort hotel Il Falconiere. From the hotel room, visitors can see the vineyards and olive trees. Besides, there is Michelin one star restaurant managed by Silvia in the hotel, it locates in a relatively remote place of the area, its dishes are of country style.
Chief Silvia is Ricarrdo Baracchi’s wife, while Ricarrdao Baracchi manage the hotel,Silvia manage the restaurant. It is such a romantic story happened under the sunlight of Tuscany. What’s interesting is that the winery has used traditional style to produce high quality sparkling wine, except for using Trebbiano to make white sparkling wine, they also using Sanngiovese to make rose sparkling wine.
The best expression of Grechetto—-Sergio Mottura winery
The Mottura family hails from Piedmont, and the earliest records of the family’s presence in the village of Mottura, near Turin, date back from the 1500s.In 1933, the family bought the winery, which was fortuitously located at the crossing point of three different regions – Latium (Lazio), Umbria and Tuscany. It has 130 hectare. Up until the early 1960s the Mottura started to operated in modern system, including gradually changed the ancient cultivation methods that passed from the Etruscan period.
Mottura respects tradition and nature, it implement organic plantation. It is also enthusiastic about the revival of local varieties. Nowadays, the vineyard has plant many local varieties. The most proud one is Grechetto grape. Mottura has strived to let Grechetto grape get the best expression on this land, the wine that made of Grechetto grape has represented the highest quality of Grechetto.The logo of their wine is a porcupine which full of thorn.
There are many different stories in different production regions and also with different styles. However, every winery respects their land and pays great attention to their products. In the world of wine, they use their own way to express their thoughts about the land.
As a passing traveller, we can feel their enthusiasm about wine from their expressions and conversations.