Winery of the Month
For October we will stay on the east coast but head North to Valpolicella. Here we come across a family that has changed the wine making for an entire region. The Allegrini family has been involved with wine since the 16th century, but their fame stems from loss. the Patriarch of the Family, Giovanni, passed. The siblings Marilisa, Walter, and Franco took the reins.
This month we are heading to the central east coast of Italy, and the up and coming region of Abruzzo. It is here that we have one of the fastest rising wineries in Italy, Masciarelli. The winery was started in 1981 to prove that the montepulciano grapes grown in Abruzzo could produce wine as good as anywhere else in the world.
This month takes us to the far north-east of Italy in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. From here come what are considered the best white wines from Italy and some interesting reds. The main white varietal is Friulano which used to be called Tokai Friulano but the Tokai was dropped so as not to confuse it with the Hungarian wine region of the same name.
For July we are going to travel to Puglia, the heel of the boot. Puglia may not get the recognition of some of the areas to the north, but it makes some of the best quality to value wines in the world. The best-known grape is probably Primitivo with the best examples coming from Manduria.
What is a Prosecco? Well, it used to be a grape and a sparkling wine; now it is an area in the Veneto region of Italy. Confused? Let’s see if we can help. There is a town in the suburbs of Trieste that is called Prosecco. Around this town there is a grape variety called Glera that has been cultivated since Roman times.
For the month of May we have chosen to venture way up north to the Swiss Italian border and the region of Valtellina. Here on the feet of the Rhaetian Alps lies a rugged and mountainous area of terraced vineyards. This is not your typical rolling hill wine region that you see in pictures.
What is the fastest growing segment of the wine industry, sweet red blends, think of all those desert titled labels and a real popular brand that begins with an A. What is the second fastest growing wine segment, premium dry rose wine. Rose wine consumption in the U.S. has been increasing for the past decade.
For the month of March we travel to the Eastern Shore of Lake Garda and the town of Bardolino. Here, just outside of the town Affi, we find Matilde Poggi and Le Fraghe Winery. Prior to Poggi taking over in 1962 all the fruit from the property was sold to other wineries. Today she keeps all of her own fruit and makes her own wines.
For February we have decided to travel north to Piedmont and present the wines of Viberti Giovanni. In the early 1900’s our story begins with the purchase of an inn and farm by Antonio Viberti. At this point the farm and winery were only producing wine for the Trattoria located within the Inn.
Every year in December Wine Spectator magazine comes out with their Top 100 wines that they reviewed for the year. So we decided to showcase some of these in January.
For this month I thought we would give a brief explanation of some popular sparkling wine types. There are several methods of making a wine sparkle. Read more to learn about the different methods.
Piedmont lies in the Po River Valley in the north west of Italy. It is home to more DOCG and DOC regions than anywhere else in Italy. One third of the population of Italy live with in Piedmont’s borders. The Piedmont region has produced wine since Roman times, but was not mentioned in writing until the 14th century.