Everytime I drive by car in Italy trough splendid regions. I ask myself a lot: “Who had this crazy idea to plant that vineyard, just there and most of all: “why”?!” So I stop the car, taste the wines and only then I can understand why. So should you! Here is my list of the most crazy vineyards of Italy:
Valle d’Aosta: Cave du vin blanc de Morgex et de la Salle
At the foot of the Mont Blanc you can find Valle d’Aoste. Well known for the lighter reds, but also of some delicious white wines or ice wines.
Piemonte: Langhe: Patrone Elena
We know that the breathtaking landscapes of Roero and Langhe are protected by UNESCO as World Heritage. But this winery is taking it a step crazier. Creating some fantastic Chardonnays, Barbera d’Alba and Dolcetto.
Lombardia: Valtellina: Balgera
It’s not a coinsidence that a part of the vineyards of Valtellina is called “Inferno”. An often unknown region with fantastic Nebbiolo’s with big aging potential. This region makes me think of the Douro or Mosel.
Maybe this helicopter tour will help you understand better:
Alto Adige: Tramin
No words needed for this region. Watch the video to see what can happen.
Liguria: Cinqueterre: Terenzuola
You got to love Cinqueterre. Crazy view from the vineyards, luckily they can hire a small train that the Cantina Sociale build. Here you can find some of the most elegant Vermentino’s, but also less known graps as Bosco and Albarola
Toscana: Island of Guglio: Vigneto Altura
Did you know you can find Inzolia grapes in Tuscany? On a small island called Giglio you can find some Ansonica, which is a synonym. The name Ansonica is also used in some parts of Sicily.
Campania: Napoli: Ischia: Crateca
There are not a lot of wineries on this Island. Few wineries have some vines, but the vinification happens on the mainland. Grapes from smaller plots are sold to a local cooperative. Here you can enjoy Biancolella and Forastera blended with some Greco and Fiano and Piedirossa with Guarnaccia Nera.
Campania: Napoli: Mastroberardino
It took a while for the negotiations, but there is finaly a Pompei wine! Actually made IN POMPEI!! The wine is made mainly from Piedirosso and following tradition of the Roman times.
Campania: Amalfi: Marissa Cuomo
Isn’t it lovely to make a wine from a region called Furore? Meaning “Fury!” Believe me on this, the wine is really a fury! Such a persistence and a finesse combined together. If you want to learn some new grape varietals this is your region: Fenile, Ripoli, Ginestra, Pere e Palummo (piedirosso), Biancolella,
Calabria: Costa Viola: Armacia
Calabria is not the most loved region of Italy, but if you’re looking for a fresh wine without complexity for a bargain. You should definitely go there. But you can also find some rare pearls made of Nerello, Gaglioppo, Malvasia Nera and Prunesta.
Sicilia: Pantelleria: Salvatore Mura
One of the greatest regions for sweet wines. Once you’ve taste it, you’re lost! Zibibbo or Muscat d’Alexandrie or Setubal. For me one of the best sweet wines you’ll ever taste. Also the dry ones are a phenomenon.