Italy

Wine Regions

Alto Adige: Alto Adige is also known as Südtirol. Located in northern Italy, the region is home to many German speakers. Winemaking in the region goes back more than 3000 years, as the local Rhaetian people used barrels to keep their wines. Lagrein, a dominant indigenous grape variety, was first mentioned as far back as the year 1525. The Schiava grape the most planted local grape and makes authentic wines with original character. Wines are mostly made by cooperatives and are known for their consistent quality.

Piedmont: Located in north-west Italy at the foot of the Alps, the Piedmont wine region is considered one of the very best in the world. The region has many smaller family wineries who all focus on quality. The Nebbiolo grape is behind some of the best appellations in Piedmont, such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Barbera d’Asti is a popular sparkling white produced in the area.

Veneto: In the North-east of Italy, Veneto is becoming an increasingly important wine region. Amarone, produced using the “appassimento” method (air-drying grapes to help the fruit gain concentration), is produced in the region. Other common grape varieties include Garganega, used to make delicious Soave wine, Glera, the grape variety used to make popular Prosecco, and Pinot Grigio, which is one of Italy’s largest exports (the US is the biggest market for this grape).

Tuscany: Tuscany is one of the most well-known wine regions in the world, with established wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Super Tuscans sold around the globe. The landscape’s rolling hills in Central Italy are home to a warm and temperate climate where diurnal temperature variations help the grapes reach phenolic ripeness. Sangiovese is king here.

Abruzzo: Abruzzo is the region located right above Italy’s “boot”. It is a mountainous region with a coastline, and an ideal climate to grow grapes. As of 2015, the region produced 22 million cases of wine annually. Montepulciano and Trebbiano thrive here and are the dominant varieties. Winemaking dates back to the Etruscans but slowly declined until a renaissance about 50 years ago. Recently, the region has shifted from producing bulk wines to more quality-driven wines with smaller boutique wineries (cooperatives were more prevalent before).

Puglia: This wine region is located in the south-eastern corned of Italy, in the heel of the “boot”. The region is mainly known for producing olive oil and was also an important producer of mass-produced wines until the demand for higher quality wine increased worldwide. Puglia now produces full-bodied, food-friendly reds at great value. Here you will find great Primitivo and Negroamaro wines.

Sicily: Italy’s southernmost region, Sicily, is the largest island in the Mediterranean. As such, it includes several different sub-regions for vine growing, mostly located near the island’s coasts. The dominant grape variety is Nero d’Avola which produces rich and fruity red wines. Sicily has also been known for Marsala, the region’s fortified wine, produced with the Grillo grape. The volcanic soils near Mount Etna are rich in minerals and a great base for vine growing.

 

Our Producers

 

Alimenta SRL

   
San Sano Poggio Maestrino, Italy    
    Lot: 1227 to 1231 

 

The Calì family owns both the San Sano and Poggio Maestrino estates in Chianti and Maremma, as well as Poggio Graffetta in Sicily. Calogero Calì was originally a practicing lawyer with a passion for agriculture and wine. In 1981 he purchased his first wine estate in the historic Chianti area. Today, his portfolio has grown expanding into Morellino di Scansano in 2006. The Calì family is committed to producing wines that express the characteristics of the terroir from which they come, with attentive wine-making techniques.

 


  

The Wine People

   
Puglia, Sicily & Abruzzo, Italy    
www.twpwines.com    Lot: 1215 to 1226

 

Stefano Girelli set up The Wine People in 2009. Winemaker Stefano Chioccioli makes wines in different regions of Italy, respecting the provenance and style of each. Stefano relishes the challenge of nurturing each and every TWP wine from grape to bottle. TWP takes a holistic approach in which they develop everything from grape management to the sale of each bottle. Sustainability and quality of the product is central to their activities.

 


 

Avenue SRL

   
  Termeno Alto Adige Südtirol, Italy    
      Lot: 1185 to 1212
 

 

Avenue SRL was formely known as Morrison SRL. The enterprise is a négociant business representing a number of small wineries throughout Italy in the export market. It is controlled by winemaker Werner Walch, a German speaking Italian, operating a family business in the Alto Adige or Sud Tyrol. Walch's own vineyards total 35 hectares in Termeno and Caldaro which puts them in the Alto Adige and Caldaro DOCs. He also buys grapes from about 80 growers who have supplied the family business for generations. The winery bottles mostly wines of the Alto Adige DOC, the single varietals and Lago di Caldaro DOC, sold in both Italy and abroad. Along the way he gave himself a year's experience marketing in California leaving him with an appreciation for internationally made wines. In Canada he supplies Italian wines to The Opimian Society and to a few restaurants in Ontario.

 


 

 

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