Italy was uniquely positioned to grow and sell wine, being at the heart of the Mediterranean. Its wine growing tradition is today inextricably grafted with its people and culture. Today, wines from Italy are leader among imported wines to North America.
Italy was once known by the greeks as Enotria, or better, “The Land of Wine”. The Romans then pioneered and paved the way for an empire of wine production and trade. At one time Italy’s dominance was law, with viticulture outside of the majestic country banned. Granted, Italy was uniquely positioned to grow and sell wine, being at the heart of the Mediterranean. Its wine growing tradition is today inextricably grafted with its people and culture. Today, wines from Italy are leader among imported wines to North America. As famous as Italy is for its fine fashion, with brands like Armani and Gucci, and sexy sport car perfection like the Ferrari, this artistry and design is applied at its best to its wine production. Italy is famous as a country rich in history and artisans, who dedicate their lives to making some of the most beautiful creations. The artistic touch of Italian artisans is noted in so many products we use today, from the invention of Eau de Cologne, espresso, eyeglasses, the opera, the radio, to the Jacuzzi. In every glass of Italian wine seems to be captured this special talent to create deeply contemplative pleasure and emotion. When paired with Italy’s wealth of gastronomic delights like cheese, sausages and hams, Italy is powerfully moving. One advantage Italians have is an incredible biodiversity. Every region and area has very unique topographies and microclimates which make each territorio, with its own characteristic and proud soil, slopes and weather. From the seas of Sicily..to the river Po, the mountain sides of the Alps, every facet of this country shines in a different way.
Italy’s wine is very original. So much so that the country puts great importance into certifying every bottle of wine with assurance labels. Any wine connoisseur must know two classes of Italian wine: DOC or Controlled Destination of Origin, and DOCG, or Guaranteed Controlled Destination of Origin. DOC guarantees a particular wine making culture and tradition of a certain area, with strict regulations on production. Considered DOCG are only a small elite group of the highest class winemakers, the best of the best.
With over 3500 grape varieties, which grow across the country thanks to the diversity in morphology, it is hard to describe the complex wine panorama in just a few words.
We could divide the country into three major areas, based on climate: Northern Italy, crossed by the Alps and characterized by a cooler climate is home to the beautiful hills of Langhe in Piemonte (west), Venice and the Dolomiti (east). The wines produced in this area are characterized by acidity, tart fruit and herbs. Central Italy is warmer and more influenced by the Mediterranean sea. Tuscany is certainly the most famous wine producing region of Italy. Southern Italy is characterized by year-round mild climate, therefore wines produced here are very fruity and rich. From Campania to Sicily, the South is full of hidden treasures to discover.
Like the Italian flag, Italy’s wine represents well the Italian people. The color green stands for the beautiful hills, nature and vineyards of Italy. White represents the snowy Alps and peace. Red symbolizes the Italian people who fought for liberty and spilt their blood on the soil. From the shores of Sicily to the alpine mountains, every area of Italy has a distinct culture, cuisine and dialect. Yet across Italy are shared similar values.
Frazione Pied de Ville, 42, 11020 Arnad AO, Italy
Nestled in the tiny village of Arnad, Pied de Ville, with only a population of 1300 people, we meet the pride of the north western Italian winemakers of the Vallée d’Aoste.
From humble beginnings, “Kiuva” in dialect once meant the old bale of chestnut leaves gathered to feed the goats during the winter. Yet this name now symbolizes the best practices of a rich and successful area. Amidst the rustic, quaint roofs and smoky chimneys, river torrents which midst on the fields and sleeping mountain kings, La Kiuva is now flagship of taste and class of a growing spirit of enterprise.
La Kiuva is fruit of a cooperative between small winemakers of the valley began in 1975. Although only a very niche area with barely 15 hectares, 60 growers have banded together to help each other and represent their area around the world, with 18 DOC wines. The heroes of this area are encouraged to lend a hand to neighbors, coming together to renovate old and abandoned architecture so that they may flourish again, allocate stock of wine in cellars, sow ideas and best practices. Much like in Burgundy, small cultivators tend to their own small plots, while the enologist of the cooperative comes around to share. The small area is actually highly influenced by French culture. Just outside France’s alpine border, barely still Italy near Montblanc and Saint Vincent, growers in the community cultivate indigenous grape varieties, most notably the Picotendro or in dialect, Picoutener, local clone of Nebbiolo. Partnership and investments with institutions like the Institut Agricole Régional are formed to develop their lands and grapes in the best way possible. Optimal strips of land are determined where to place every variety. Higher altitudes with greater drainage are used for lighter more aromatic white varieties, while lower levels dedicated to reds. Although over the centuries the grapes have developed natural defenses against threats and the cold, the growers continue to study how to best encourage the most natural growth of healthy grapes without the use of chemical products or pesticides. On sandy glacier crafted terraces, the light snow falls on the tongues of leaves and oxen and finally the soil where it melts and helps to nourish the roots of this ethereal place. The melting snow naturally helps organic nutrients from the branches, grass and manure from the oxen sown by the winegrowers to bleed into the soil. Indeed, even the cold nature itself seems to warm and lend a hand in perfect symbioses. At 380 and 500 m.a.s.l. (1245 and 1640 feet), the seemingly inhospitable environment makes a cosy home for the “small and tender” Picoutener in its bosom.
La Kiuva’s signature wine is the Rosé de Vallée, a rare rose blend of Picotendro and other local grapes like Gros Vien and Neyret with with a beautiful bouquet of summer roses along with berries and herbs. The maximum expression of Picotendro can be found in the two reds of La Kiuva, Arnad-Montjovet and Arnad-Montjovet Supérieur.
Main grape varieties: Picotendro, Gros Vien, Neyret
Fr. Annunziata, 67 - 12064 La Morra (Cn) Italia
Fruit of nineteen generations of passion for the vine since 1340, the Monfalletto estate has long been a prized treasure of these hills. Passed down much like an heirloom for more than six centuries, this large single body vineyard, entrusted into the hands of the Cordero di Montezemolo family after inherited from Luigi Falletti, descendant of Casato, the lands have been tended to with the greatest care. In fact every plant on the grounds is treated almost like a son of the family, with an utmost respect and understanding of the environment and equilibrium of its ecology. Since 2013 certified organic.
Only natural and organic repellents are used. Recycled green manure is used to nourish the plants and natural rainwater and springs used to provide unique independence and natural purity to the vineyard. Nothing which could risk the health and growth of every living thing on the territory is ever used. Grapes are tended to and picked exclusively by hand, machinery only rarely used to cut grass or stir up the soil before planting. The perfect harmony in this garden is always maintained among trees, vines, birds, and its caretakers. In fact, UNESCO World Heritage has recognized the vineyard for its accomplishments in sustainability and the blending of classic architecture with newer ideas and innovations. In the 1960s and 70s a renovation program began to innovate and refine the quality of production. Optimal vines were selected to be planted in each plot to maximize the expression of the soil, with less volume productive rapes chosen, to favor limited quality. Like the Faletti family, the most noble and wealthy of the area for generations, the nebbiolo grape is the most noble of this wineland. In the heart of Barolo country in Le Langhe, Cordero is known for its authentic specialty made with this grape. The vintner is most pronounced for its Barolo, aged in bay oak barrels, known for the delicacy of its aroma and tannins. The maceration is soft and élevage is favored in the bottle. Cordero is known as the ambassador of Piedmontese Barolo in the world. Its Barolo Bricco Gattera, made only with the grapes grown at the highest peaks of the hills, is the climax of quality.
Main grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Arneis, Chardonnay
via Bordini 15, 12057 Neive (CN)
The divinity of the breathtaking landscapes of Neive can be tasted in every glass. Like an evening walk in this special countryside, if one closes their eyes at the opening of every bottle, the fragrances of its unique soil can be experienced every time. Fontanabianca offers a rich wine, fruit of its calcium and clay rich soil. Fontanabianca, or “white fountain” is unique in its care for its grapes and land. Only non-invasive treatment is used to make the highest quality wines. What makes the terroir of Neive so naturally special is captured in its product. Father Aldo and son Matteo work together to make the most pure, delicious wine.
Neive, town of Langhe atop the hills of Piedmont, is particularly proud to be recognized as one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014. The land was selected for its hilltop villages and castles, churches, vineyard landscapes, ciabots and cellars, all artifacts of the relationship man has had with the earth here since Vth century BC. The rolling hills are described as most harmonious, the ideal of scenic rural landscape, where grape varieties and expertise in best winemaking practices have developed roots for centuries until today. Here is set the limited Bordini Cru, property of the winery and used for the production of the prestigious Barbaresco Bordini.
Main grape varieties: Nebbiolo
Località Monterotondo, 56, 15066 Monterotondo, Gavi AL, Italy
Via Monterotondo15069 Serravalle Scrivia, AL, Italy
Together the Moccagatta and Marsiaj families, in the small vineyard shaped like an Italian amphitheater, have truly produced symphonies and great operas. With notes of exotic fruits and herb, Ottosoldi makes its most impressive performance with the Cortese grape in its Gavi white wine that will leave you asking for an encore. The Cortese grape has an over 400 year history in Piedmont. Ottosoldi is a symbol of heritage and tradition.
It is the story of a grandfather who once discovered this land and with the only 8 pennies in his pocket, or Ottosoldi, purchased it, and laid the seeds to grow it to what it is today.
Main grape varieties: Cortese, Barbera
Frazione San Siro, 42/43, 14052 Calosso AT, Italy
Like the work of Massimo Ricci, the artist who has been able to render the beauty of this wine on its label, the canvas of the Scagliola family has been their vineyard estate for four generations. Not only a profession inherited from their parents, but a vocation and passion to render new expression from the picturesque landscape where these artisans work. Calosso of Asti, atop the Monferrato hills in southern Piedmont, is where since 1939 the careful and loving hands of the Scagliola family have worked the grape.
Scagliola is known for its Moscato, rightfully named, “Primo Bacio”. With its delicate aroma and mouth filling sweet fruit flavors, winemaker Maggiorino Scagliola in trying to describe the experience says, “it is like..your first kiss”. Indeed, the first taste of this wine will leave you with an unforgettable memory and sure to put a smile on your face.
Although the producer is most infatuated with the Moscato, Scagliola exhibits a collection of Barbera to celebrate Piedmont’s indigenous grape.
The Scagliola name embodies the “quality over quantity” philosophy, with great respect for nature and the biological balance of the vines. The winemaker has preferred low yield, healthy wine growing techniques.
Main grape varieties: Moscato, Barbera
Franzione Monterotondo, 56, 15066 Monterotondo, Gavi AL, Italy
Posed in the heart of Gavi, Piedmont, the Moccagatta family makes a truly sublime wine. The winery is considered the apple of the eye of the region. The unique shape of its patented bottles, represents the particular beauty of the land and craftsmanship of its fine wines. The winery focuses on the famous white wine Gavi di Gavi made with the indigenous variety of Cortese. In addition to the very famous yellow label, also in the limelight is the age-worthy, single-vineyard Gavi Riserva: the black label Monterotondo.
The beautiful historic cellars from the XVIIIth century are still used today for the production of the Metodo Classico in its classic barriques. Villa Sparina represents the best of Italian lifestyle with its four star boutique hotel. Rustic yet elegant, the highest quality wine is paired with gourmet Italian entrees and cakes and stewards who pamper and salute its guests upon arrival. The luxury resort is surrounded by woodlands, near the most southern part of Piedmont, enjoying sea breeze from the Ligurian sea.
The only sounds to be heard are the singing of love birds in the air and the light mingling of cheerful guests. A true oasis in nature where people come to completely relax among the highlands out of the city. Views and accommodations are described somewhere between as indescribable and magnificent, attended to meticulously in every minimum detail. With warm fireplace in the wintertime, golf course, pool amidst vineyards colored by the autumn sunset, and candlelight dinners, couples choose the resort to set their dream wedding with the best Italy has to offer. This producer has succeeded in bottling the magic of this blissful place.
Main grape varieties: Cortese, Barbera
Via del Carmine, 7, 38015 Lavis TN, Italy
In the heart of the Avisiane hills, the family of Joseph Cembran has tended to the vine since 1850. Planted in the most tender part of the Trentino valley, the vineyard blends tradition and modern skill to create the perfect quality wine. After a thorough study conducted together with the enological institute San Michele all’Adige, a “Quality” and “Zoning” Project was ventured to determine the optimal plots to grow different varieties.
The producer is proud of its selection of organic wines and the highest quality of its fruits. In latin La Vis translates The Force. Indeed, behind the collaboration movement with other fine wine growers, Cantina Lavis has a true force bottled in its wine.
The winery has done a lot to grow the region of Trentino. In a cooperation movement of 800 growers, it has successfully pioneered more sustainable, collaborative production between friends and family.
Main grape varieties: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Müller Thurgau, Riesling, Pinot Nero
Viale IV Novembre, 72, 38034 Cembra TN, Italy
Perching on the highest vineyard in Trentino and among the highest in Europe, Cembra truly makes the highest class wine. At altitudes verging over 800 m.a.s.l. (2625 feet) in the Alpine mountain tops, the winemaker has achieved peaks in flavor and excellence.
The extreme difference in temperature ranges uniquely influences the grape’s maturation, truly making the difference in the flavor of their unique wine.
Main grape varieties: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Müller Thurgau, Schiava, Pinot Nero
Viale IV Novembre, 34, 38034 Cembra TN, Italy
Like the soil which their grape is drawn from, rich in porphyry, Oro Rosso is the “Red Gold” of the Cembra valley. Indeed, this wine truly shines in a precious way. The fine perlage of Cembra’s Metodo Classico conjures the sparkling dew on cold mountain mornings on this mountain vineyard. Served chilled, Oro Rosso will take you to the highest Trentino mountain tops for a rare pleasure and experience.
Oro Rosso’s Trento Doc Dosaggio Zero shines like the diamond set in the collection.
This sparkling is produced using the classic method. A reserve of purely Chardonnay, grown only on specially devoted plots, is perfected in a second fermentation in the bottle for over 60 months on the lees, making for a sharp, pure, elegant spumante, cool as ice.
Main grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Nero
Via Castel Guardia, 21, 39050 S. Paolo, Appiano Sulla Strada Del Vino BZ
Since 1907 St. Pauls is a cooperative of now over 162 wine growers of the South Tyrol area, yet its roots are founded by the noblemen and churches in the middle ages.
These farmers have since harvested what seems to be a truly blessed drink. The Dom auf dem Lande, famously known as the “cathedral in the countryside”, seems to oversee and beatify the hillside and its fruits of the vine.
Main grape varieties: Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Schiava, Lagrein
Tezze di Vazzola, Via Luigi Cadorna, 58, 31020 Vazzola TV, Italy
This winery is true to its name. The Countess is the nobility of the Veneto region’s wine production. Their Prosecco and sparkling wines are like pearls of this special terroir.
Originally owned by the Countesses Tiepolo of Venice, this drink is indeed the royalty of Italian fine wine. Growing only the most exquisite lineage of grapes, the most refined drink is prepared for your palate. A bottle of Le Contesse will give a touch of class to any table and for a moment, make any drinker feel pampered like Italian royalty.
Fruit of a special collaboration, Le Contesse and Ethica have worked together to develop a special line of sparkling for the North American market: Le Contesse Prosecco DOC and Pinot Noir Rosé. Gently crafted with one single fermentation that keeps them fresh and elegant, the different juices are enclosed in a beautiful, eye-catching packaging.
Main grape varieties: Glera
Via Villa Girardi, 29, 37029 San Pietro in Cariano VR, Italy
The Nicolis family has natural quality wine running in its veins. Indeed, these artisans believe that their wine possesses the soul of the land they treasure. They are greatly attached to their land and community. An intertwining of culture, family tree, tradition and regional customs. The winery has been greatly recognized and awarded for its care for the environment and biodynamic practices. One of the first to follow and adopt new biologic policies, no chemical residuals or treatments are used, only natural mulches and application of copper to shield against mildew. The vines of Nicolis rest on some of the oldest, most classic lands of the territory. Born and raised as children in the perfumed breeze of the fields of Valpolicella, Giancarlo and Giuseppe Nicolis under the wing of mother Natalia carry on their family tradition. Family owned since 1951, these caretakers deeply believe in the expression, “less is more”, reserving the perfect wine sipped in low quantity. The sons combine the traditional teaching of their founding father, who treated and saw every grape like a newborn child which must be nurtured and raised, together with modern techniques. The family never takes any quality shortcuts, releasing the wine only when ready to be tasted. All the work is done manually, with every family member participating together in the fields and lending a hand.
Giuseppe states that him and his brother don’t follow fads, but only their conviction of how to create and age the perfect harmony and balance in their wine. In the heart of the Classico area of Veneto, San Pietro in Cariano, this family is the proud owner of the finest cru in the region. The family is most loved for their Amarone tradition, with patient care given to the aging of their vintage until it reaches perfection. The grapes are left on straw mats until dried almost to the point of raisins, then fermented, becoming velvety and silky. Also of note is their Testal, or in dialect, “the end of the row”, with late harvest, desiccated Corvina grape with lots of acidity, rich in fresh berries. Another must to try is the Ripasso, another layer of flavor. This is a modern take on the Italian tradition.
Main grape varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina
Str. del Roccolo, 6, 31049 Valdobbiadene TV, Italy
Located at the heart of Prosecco production in Valdobbiadene, the fifth generation of the family, siblings Christian and Marika Zago give very rare love in tending to their fruit. They are as gentle as can be, only touching the product a few times before its perfection. They are non-invasive, biodynamic producers. No herbicides, pesticides or any chemicals are used on the vines nor added to the wine. Clipping and mowing is done manually. Only natural manure. Friendly insects are encouraged to make their home there and pollinate. Mustard and wild pea plants are grown among the rows to provide balance. No artificial irrigation system is installed but instead they carefully open the soil so natural rainwater can pass through and bring natural nourishment along with it. Glera grapes are picked by hand. Technically the terraces of his vineyard are even too steep to reach for machinery or tractors. No pumps are used, only the natural force of gravity with a soft and fluffy pressing. Only natural yeasts are used.
Christian and Marika are very devoted to producing a completely natural organic product, assuring that their lands are isolated in a unique biosphere. With limited production in this small boutique family winery, The Zagos hand craft a truly special quality wine. The winery is famous for it’s Col Fondo, the sparkling wine left undisgorged with a cloudy sediment which adds to its natural character and taste. Bottles are stored vertically, with the yeast sediment remaining on the bottom. Completely dry with zero residuals. Very low sulfate but an ultimate preservation of the natural aroma and flavor of the original grapes. Appointed “Prosecco of the Year 2016” by Wine & Spirits magazine.
Main grape varieties: Glera
Villalta is a tasting of the finest wine making traditions of the Verona area. People who enjoy Villalta’s red wine can’t help but feel romantic, reminiscing about Romeo’s famous declaration to Juliet on the balcony of her home in Verona. Villata’s wine is truly a declaration of passion, care and love for these grapes and land, tasted and felt in every glass. Like the winery’s signature Amarone, made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes from the classic area of Valpolicella. For an encore of flavor, high on the list is the Ripasso, a Corvina and Rondinella blend.
Main grape varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Strada Cavezzo, 200 - 41126 Baggiovara (Modena)
Since the XVII century the majestic Villa di Corlo of Count Zuccoli, has been a noble landmark in Modena, Emilia Romagna. The grounds of the property, rich in calcium and clay, are the perfect recipe for its award winning Lambrusco. Entrusted to the hands of the Jacobazzi family, they have carried on the tradition for almost a century in the footsteps of the Appenines, while innovating using the most advanced technology with a commitment to green practices. They have raised the bar on environmental standards and been a leading example for other wineries. With a large investment in solar energy, the sun not only nourishes the grapes but all the activities of business.
Cooling, electricity and also providing energy for its neighbors, with zero impact on the environment. Vendemmia happens only by hand. The full taste is completed when savoring the pleasure of a Villa di Corlo wine with typical delights from Emilia-Romagna, the food region par excellence of Italy: fresh homemade tortellini, prosciutto crudo di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and savory cold cuts.
Main grape varieties: Lambrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco di Sorbara
Località Santa Restituta, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
The roots of this winery go as far back as 2000 years ago, as a Roman vineyard. In Montalcino by the sea, the Romans selected the perfect land to grow the vine. More recently, Ferenc Máté, author of Tuscan Romances, along with his wife, a fellow artist and painter Candace, departed from New York City in 1990 after purchasing a very special property: a canyon with waterfalls and a 13th century friary with a tower and courtyard became their new life. Together with neighbors Angelo Gaja and Gianfranco Soldera, renowned wine makers, they completely restored the land to its former glory and beyond. Dreamers who come to visit the winery truly have a taste and experience the life described in his books, A Vineyard in Tuscany and The Hills of Tuscany. Like the color of its prized red wines, the vineyard is a ruby in the crown of Tuscany. The passion that this couple dedicates into every grape is truly special. Word of mouth has spread that the graciousness and generosity of the hosts is tasted in every glass. Indeed, every sip is like a verse of poetry only this author could compose. Every drink savored like a story written by the most able of hands. Hand made, these completely natural flavors complement the peaceful ponds of the gardens and the stone buildings which make the estate. Agronomist Fabrizio Moltard, talent shared with Angelo Gaja, was delighted to work his magic on this unique property in the midst of Mediterranean woods, aromatic herbs and wild fruits, all tasted in this wine. Only the finest of grapes are selected by hand in the end, with extremely low yields, making for perfection in a glass.
Main grape varieties: Sangiovese
Via San Martino, 5 – Panzano in Chianti 50022 Greve in Chianti (FI) Italy
Villa Cafaggio was once founded in Conca d’Oro, the “Golden Valley”, by the Benedictan friars of Siena in the medieval era of 1408, cultivating grapevines and olives. The land was then passed into the hands of such historic families as The Niccolini of Florence and The Boddi. The Farkas family finally completely renovated the grounds of the country home, equipping the already endowed earth with the most advanced production facilities. Careful attention is paid to every detail of the production process, guaranteeing the highest quality. Grapes are still picked by hand. Although the friars no longer control the property, the establishment seems to remain a shrine devoted to the creation of the finest wine. Indeed, Cafaggio Chianti Classico brings tasters to close their eyes and respect the incredible awe that the Tuscan land and its fruits inspire.
Indeed, the friars made no mistake in their choice of soil to establish this prized vineyard. At the heart of the famous Panzano area, the property possesses a microclimate which is perfect. Later developed and financed by subsequent owners, the natural potential of the land is now expressed to its fullest. Although modernized today, it seems the grace of the monks is still strongly felt in these celestial lands.
Cafaggio is known as the first producer who, having understood the great potential of its terroir, started to produce a Chianti using exclusively Sangiovese grape. This tradition continues today, from the fruit-forward Single Estate up to the Riserva and the single Vineyard Basilicas. Cafaggio collection is completed by Basilica del Cortaccio and Basilica del Pruneto, another complex expression of the grape in pure form; Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot respectively.
Main grape varieties: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Piagge Del Maiano 92 A, 58100 Grosseto GR, Italia
Fattoria Le Pupille is located in Maremma, the southernmost part of Toscana. Vineyards, olive trees and coark oaks alternate on a property of more than 420 hectares (1000 acres), on sweet hills mitigated by the effect of the nearby Mar Tirreno.
loc. Casale 26,.-, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italy
Young owners Flavia and Francesco have a deep veneration for their land and nature.
They note that, in the bible, the very first gesture Noah carried out when reaching dry land was to plant a vineyard. A covenant of hope between man and the earth God blessed us with. No wonder that this couple has such respect for the awe inspiring nature that surrounds them, being born in the truly divine Tuscan hills. Indeed the area’s Vernaccia inspired both popes and poets.
Not only is Francesco a vintner, but also an artist: a sculptor and a painter. For him, growing grapes and wine is absolutely considered an art, with the fields as his canvas.
In an interview, he tells that working as an artist is a lonely kind job. It is only you and the paper. Yet as a vintner, he creates so many relationships. To the people of his community, associations, family, the earth, the vines, and time to create a masterpiece from the grapes.
Cappella Sant’Andrea is found just outside the Borgo di San Gimignano, the town on a hill. 56 km south of Florence is discovered “The Manhattan of the Medieval Times”, famous for its art and architecture, with its unforgettable view from high towers. The sky of the town was once lined with 72 tower houses, symbols of the wealth and power of the patrician families who once controlled the town. Recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The soil in its outskirts rich in clay, fossils, pliocenic sands and calcium is ideal for their white wines which inspired both popes and poets. Cappella Sant’Andrea is certified organic and biodynamic. The owners tend to be as humble as possible with the vines, never being too intrusive and disturbing mother nature’s natural course with mechanic tillage or heavy fertilizers, rather, goats are free to roam about the ranch to eat dry branches and leave natural manure. Donkeys enjoy the lands as well, keeping the terrain clean and are also good company for the spirits all the people who work here. All workers are considered part of the family. Grass is planted to gently blanket the ground and support the vitality of soil. Rather than plastic, only biodegradable materials are used. Ancient artisanal care and tradition is adopted, like aging in clay vessels.
Just as Michelangelo Buonarroti and Dante Alighieri enjoyed a glass of the Vernaccia produced in this region, people today can’t help but be inspired by its flavor. Tasters, as they close their eyes enjoying a sip of Capella Sant’Andrea Vernaccia, often find themselves philosophizing or feeling the desire to paint the most beautiful scenes of the Italian countryside in their minds and hearts.
Main grape varieties: Vernaccia di San Gimignano
With grapes grown in the hills of Tuscany, aged in Slavonian oak barrels, Fontella wine is sure to please. It’s no wonder the Chianti is so popular in North America. It’s DOCG San Giovese and Canaiolo blend at an affordable price put a smile on any taster’s face.
Main grape varieties: Sangiovese
Via Mazara, 10, 91025 Marsala TP, Italy
Baglio del Casale, which roughly translates, courtyard of the country estate, welcomes you to make yourself comfortable. Their plush Marsala, speciality of Sicily, is a blend to indulge in. Baglio del Casale, which treasures ancient Sicilian tradition, aging in oak barrels, will bring Sicilian passion to your table.
Main grape varieties: Grillo, Inzolia, Catarratto
Completely organic, with vineyards resting on the coast of Sicily, grapes bathed and pampered by the air of the Mediterranean sea and fattened by plenty of sun, the vines are naturally free of parasites and illnesses. The brand offers alternative and unconventional flavors, and great value for money. La Mura Rosso and Bianco Terre Siciliane IGT well represent the flavors of this beautiful island.
Main grape varieties: Catarratto, Nero d’Avola
3238 Old Heather Road, San Diego CA 92111, USA
Pigro is Italian country life in a bottle. Sharing long summer evenings with old friends over a glass of wine, these wines can’t help but invite the carefree happiness and pleasure of the Italian countryside. Pigro is for people who love life, who know how to enjoy the good things, who are looking to kick back and take it easy and breathe in the fresh air. The producers of Pigro take the quality of their wine very seriously, so you can just relax and not be so serious for a change. Pigro is a wine lover who will be your guide and Italian friend across the best of varietals this country has to offer.
Main grape varieties: Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon
Enjoying the menu of Canaletto’s authentic Italian wines is like a tastings tour of Italy.
Canaletto puts on your table a menu of Italian favorites for every occasion. With a panorama of the best Italian wine traditions from Veneto to Puglia, tasters one evening can enjoy a stay in Venice with a cool Pinot Grigio, along with a creamy pasta dish and fresh fish, while the next a day in Abruzzo for a glass of Montepulciano paired with spicy tomato-based pasta and grilled meat. Every family can afford a tour of Italy today with Canaletto.
Main grape varieties: Glera, Pinot Grigio, Soave, Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola, Pinot Noir