Faro, Italy

What I like about writing this Friday piece every week is that I get to look into wine regions I had no idea existed- regions that grow grape varieties I know so little about; it forces me to dig right into what they are and why they inhabit this tiny, old corner of the wine…

Wine Ark Friday Focus; Campania, Italy

Today we journey to one of the oldest wine regions on earth, a place where an unbroken line of viticultural history can be followed back over 3000 years; the shin of Italy’s boot, Campania. Its name comes from Campania felix, a Latin phrase roughly meaning “happy land”, and its wines have been some of the…

Sardinia, Italy

Off the coast of Italy, 200 km due west of Naples, the second largest island in the Mediterranean rises from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sardinia, or Sardegna as it is known in its native Italian, has an illustrious past,  being governed by Carthage, then Ancient Rome, the Byzantines, Spanish Arabs then Spanish Catalans, until it was…

Barbaresco

The tiny appellation of Barbaresco is located in the state of Piedmont (which translates to ‘foot of the mountain), in the very north-west of Italy. The village of Barbaresco is located on the eastern banks of the Tanaro River, and all vineyards sit just outside this tiny village. Several centuries ago, the hill where the…

Friday Focus; Puglia, Italy

Today we journey to the oldest of the Old World, a place with a history of grape growing and wine making that dates back thousands of years; Puglia. The origin of the name is Roman; a-pluvia means ‘lack of rain’, an adage which holds true today. The regions is located in the very south-east of…

Valpolicella, Italy

The most famous wine region in the North East of Italy, and one of the country’s most important regions, both for quality and quantity wine production, Valpolicella boasts a rich heritage; the name comes from a mixture of Latin and Greek and broadly translates to ‘the valley of many cellars’. This is the part of…

Wine Ark Friday Focus : Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany

Arguably the most famous quality wine producing region in Italy (come on Barolo and Barbaresco fans- dig into me!), the town of Montalcino is located on top of a hill in the amazingly picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany, West-Central Italy, about 110km south of Tuscany’s main city, Florence. Around this quaint little town (population approx….