Over A Glass of Wine

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For lovers of wine, Italy...

... provides an almost endless opportunity for pleasure and fascination. Italy has the greatest diversity of native grape varieties (over 500 according to Ian D'Agata in his guide to Italy’s native grapes ) and, as a consequence, wine styles of any wine growing country.

Geographically and geologically, Italy has it all – a peninsular with a mountainous spine, extending from the Alps almost to North Africa providing a fortuitous combination of altitude and latitude, the Mediterranean influence of a temperate climate, and soil types that range from volcanic to limestone to gravels.

This all points to a land, one could claim, specifically designed for wine production. And not just any wines – some of the most extraordinary, diverse and fascinating of wines.


View over Airole Liguria Italy

22 March 2015

The Macchu Picchu of Italy

Liguria is a mountainous wine producing area. Visiting the vineyards had us climbing but the rewards were many. This one place captured our heart, Airole in Liguria. Airole is a town just 12 km in land from Ventimiglia, nestling at the foot of the Maritime Alps on the banks of spectacular Roya River which runs along the French and Italian border. Positioned in the Italian Riviera, this is a little known area, but what a treasure. Stark landscapes, dramatic inclines, awesome vistas, heroic spirit of place. For us Liguria is a wonderful place. It is rustic and wild, far from cities and frescoes. It is a wild side of Italy. Wherever you go the smell of herbs follows you - ruta, thyme and rosemary. Follow me image of P


28 February 2015

Sagrantino DOCG Anteprima - Montefalco, Umbria, on 23-24 Feb 2015

For the 1st time Sagrantino DOCG had its own Anteprima held in Montefalco, Umbria, on 23 and 24 Feb 2015. The 2011 vintage was presented by more than 20 producers. The show also featured Montefalco Rosso DOC 2012, Montefalco Rosso DOC Riserva 2011 and Montefalco Bianco DOC.

Umbrians are very proud of their wine and make a point that Sagrantino cannot be grown elsewhere in the world to the same quality. The Sagrantino was created in the Middle ages as a mass wine by the St Francis followers and was awarded DOCG in 1992. Follow me image of P

15 February 2015

Italian Grape Varieties - Rossese picture of a little man drinking, the symbol of Via Vino blog

The story has that Rossese was brought into the Italian region of Liguria from France by warriors of the powerful Genoese Doria family in the 15th century. Rossese owes its name to the vibrant colour of the grape bunches, and is grown in small terraced vineyards scattered on the steep slopes of the western entroterra Ligure, on most scenic locations. Rossese is a native grapevine that captures the soul of the land [it grows on] but at the same time is delicate and difficult to grow and has become a symbol of heroic viticulture.

This so called border–wine, grown in close proximity to the French border...Follow me image of P

1 February 2015

Discover Italian Wine Representation of the pleasure of discovery

I sometimes find myself wondering where the wine world would be if the Italian wine industry had been as proactive and progressive as its French counterpart.

Instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Riesling and Sauvignon, would we be talking about Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Aglianico, Pinot Grigio, Tocai Friulano and Garganaga as the “classic” grape varieties? Would Barolo and Barbaresco be the red wine benchmark instead of Burgundy and Bordeaux?

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