Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy

In the very north of Italy, high up in the Alps which form the natural border between Mediterranean and central Europe exists an incredibly unique Alpine region that I only learned about recently when I met with a winemaker from here. Trentino-Alto Adige is a paradoxical region, with both bitter cold and searing heat, harsh,…

Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Today we delve into an absolutely ancient wine-producing state in central-north Italy, a greatly diverse part of the winemaking world that spreads almost entirely across the top of Italy’s boot, from the coast of the Adriatic Sea just south of Venice all the way to the west, almost touching the Tyrrhenian Sea at Genoa. Emilia-Romagna…

Barolo Part 2

So, last time in Part 1 we got into the history and geology of Barolo, and this time we’ll finish the region off by going into the details of the fickle yet ultimately rewarding Nebbiolo variety and the evolution of the style of Barolo over the last century, which includes the battle between ‘traditionalist’ and ‘modernist’ factions!…

Barolo Part 1

One of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions, often referred to as “the Burgundy of Italy”, the region of Barolo will take me a few weeks to do properly. So this time I’ll go into the history of what makes this regions so special as well as the terrior of this appellation, made up of its specific soils, location…

Abruzzo, Italy

Today we journey to a place which has been making wine for an estimated 3000 years, to a region located on the mountainous west coast of central Italy, the ancestral home of some of Italy’s most widely-travelled and versatile varieties, a region with ideal growing conditions that make it the 7th-most productive state in Italy….

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…