It’s no secret when it comes to Italian wines that the finest examples are made from indigenous varieties by individuals that have been working with vineyards in their homelands for decades, perhaps even longer. It’s what the Italians call anima or soul, and it’s what makes these wines so authentic, so exciting and so distinctive. I … Continue reading One White, One Red, Two Terroirs. All Italian Identity.
Cork of Villa Raiano, one of Campania’s finest wine estates (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I love the white wines of Campania, so it was a great pleasure to be invited to Bianchirpinia 2012, which was held in Avellino recently. This event, centered around anteprima tastings of the new releases of the 2011 vintage of Greco di Tufo and Fiano … Continue reading Campania’s Vibrant Whites
Marisa Cuomo and her husband/winemaker Andrea Ferraioli (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Without further ado, here is a partial list of my choices as the best Italian whites wines of the year. A full list (along with the best reds of the year and a list of the best producers) can be found in the next issue … Continue reading Best Wines of the Year – Italian Whites
Greco Vineyard at Montefusco (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I have just returned from Campania where I toured vineyards in the Avellino province, home to two DOCG whites, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino. The province is more commonly referred to by vintners and wine writers as Irpinia, its ancient name. While Irpinia is also home … Continue reading Deconstructing Greco and Fiano
Greco vineyards near Monte Vergine (Photo ©Tom Hyland) In a few weeks, I’ll be at VinItaly, the huge wine fair held in Verona over a period of five days. Besides being able to taste wines from all over Italy, a major benefit of this event is to sample brand new releases, from be it … Continue reading 2008 Campania Whites
Another entry from my list of the Top 100 Wine Producers of Italy: In Camapania, where history and tradition play such an important role, new ways of doing things are certain to attract attention. When the Capaldos and Ercolinos founded Feudi di San Gregorio in 1986, their efforts did indeed garner a lot of notices – … Continue reading Feudi di San Gregorio – Top 100
Today, I am beginning my posts on the Top 100 wine estates of Italy. I like to mix things up a bit, so instead of starting with a producer from Piemonte or Toscana, let’s commence with a great producer from Campania – Mastroberardino. Mastroberardino is arguably the most classical wine estate in Campania; the family … Continue reading Mastroberardino – Top 100