Italian wine lectures

the Italian harvest

The ideal moment to tell about Italy’s extraordinary variety of wine is that of the harvest. Grapes from very different indigenous vines. Extremely different climatic situations; from the alpine climate of Morgex at 1,000 masl to the African heat of the island of Pantelleria.

The 2020 harvest of the “Italian vineyard” lasted about 12 weeks. It began towards the last days of July with the harvest of the grapes destined for the production of sparkling wines. It continued in August with the harvest of the most early varieties in all regions. September and October were the busiest months, with the harvesting and pressing of grapes in all regions. It ended around 20 October with the harvest of Fumin and Nebbiolo Spanna, two autochthonous vines of the Alps.

To explain the characteristics and identity of the wines we have selected, we have prepared some cards where we tell the characteristics of the autochthonous grapes, the terroir and the decision made by the man in the vineyard, during the harvest and in the cellar.

For each wine we have also transcribed the tasting notes from our notebooks!

Grape

For autochthonous or indigenous vines we mean grape varieties that have developed in a specific territory, adapting to it. These are often genetic variants selected by wine producers over the centuries, who gradually developed their own identity. In contrast to the standardization of taste, wines from indigenous vines always surprise with aromas and tastes with a strong identity. Discover the characteristics of the grapes from which the wines we select come from!

Terroir

A word of French origin to summarize a very complex concept. By terroir we mean a combination of different factors, such as the type of soil, the altitude, the exposure to the sun, the microclimate, the genetic diversity, the cultivation and harvesting practices, the traditional winemaking and aging techniques, which interact with each other to create immediately recognizable distinctive features. Discover the terroir features of the wines we like best! 

Uomo

“Uomo” is at the center of everything, as supported by the thought of the Italian Renaissance. In the vineyard, it is men’s choices that decide which vine to plant, how to prune and other crops, when to harvest and how to manage the grapes during pressing. Even in the cellar it is still a man who creates modern technologies suitable for improving traditional winemaking and aging techniques. Find out how the human element has characterized the wines in our collection!

the blog Sentieri di Vino

More information can be found on our English blog, SENTIERI DI VINO. Communicate wines of the small appellations, or the autochthonous grapes is like walking a mountain path: it costs a little more effort than it takes to talk about noble and iconic wines. However, it reserves great satisfactions, which we want to share with our wine friends!

video lectures

We are also working on a program of video lessons on Italian wine. It will be about the editing of several videos taken throughout the seasonal phases of the vineyard, from the winter rest to the harvest and foliage. Dedicated to those who want to know some curiosities about pruning or have never seen the flowering of the vine and the thinning operations!