Mantenimento della biodiversità animale e vegetale; preparazione, conservazione e gestione del suolo; conservazione degli elementi tipici del paesaggio; buone pratiche d'impianto; difesa integrata e controllo infestanti; equilibrio del vigneto (inerbimento, concimazioni, irrigazione, ecc.); raccolta; tracciabilità.
Sono le parole chiave che compaiono nel nuovo protocollo di certificazione volontaria di produzione integrata messa a punto dal Consorzio di Tutela Vini Valpolicella (VR) dopo cinque anni di sperimentazione all’insegna del progetto delle 3 “R”: Riduci, Risparmia, Rispetta. Una iniziativa che in Valpolicella ha coinvolto aziende del vino grandi e piccole, enti di ricerca e amministrazioni, tutti (per una volta) concordi sull’obiettivo di dare concretezza ad una parola oggi molto di moda: sostenibilità.
Great wine? To me it does not exist. In fact, what do you mean by this word, ‘great?’ Famous, expensive, noble…? To me, even a humble Vernatsch with a daily meal can be ‘great’ if it is representative of its region. That’s why I’m not interested in tasting a ‘great wine’ but would rather drink a typical wine that speaks the language of its country.”
Hurdles, knowledge, thought. These sound like parts of a philosophical theory, or features of a poem. Yet Federico Giotto is not a poet or philosopher…or should I say he is? You decide, after reading this interview. To begin, I will only say that Federico is a young, renowned Italian winemaker and consultant. And he believes that “hurdles, knowledge and thought” are the three secrets of a great wine. And yes, he is also a romantic guy. Definitely.
If you love adventure movies just like me, chances are you would love to be like Indiana Jones or Alan Grant (Jurassic Park) at least once in your lifetime. Well, if you are the type, you can experience this in Valpolicella (with no risk to your life!). Here are the 4 places you should visit if you love this kind of travel. Bonus is the fact that you can stop for wine during your adventure, sip in the grape juice, take in the views, think of how amazing life is
Some days ago, on a cold morning, Eddy Marchi, a good friend of mine, rang me and asked, “Would you like to see something unusual?”
“Of course,” I replied “What and where?”
“Get ready, I’m coming to pick you up,” was all he said. A few minutes later, both of us were in his van. “I want to show you a unique place: the salami vineyard!”
Who doesn’t love a place where the vineyards are steep, green gardens that produce fragrant white wines made with pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer and kerner? The elegant red wines here are made from pinot noir, lagrein and merlot grapes. This is in the far north of Italy, bordering on Austria, in a region with a dual Italian-Austrian identity: Alto Adige, also known as Südtirol.
Do you know the grape
If you were asked to name three or four Italian wines that are the most highly respected all over the world, I bet most of you would include Amarone della Valpolicella. This red wine made with dried grapes has been appreciated by wine lovers forever, but its popularity has shot up recently. So much so that wine producers in various other countries
What do wine critics and wine lovers usually say when are talking about wine? They talk about the vineyards, the climate, the soil, the agronomic practices, the winemaking process, the history of the producer, the label, the wine reviews… Everything but the winery itself.
What if you decide to visit a wine collection on your vacation or, even better, a museum entirely devoted to the amazing world of wine, for a change?
When we say that “wine is
One of the best parts of traveling in Italy is, without a doubt, the food and drink (mainly wine) that you find there. There are so many good restaurants everywhere in Italy you can choose where to go according to your taste – and your wallet of course. However, the best way to dive into the wine and food culture of any place is… eating while you are walking.
Did you know that there is a vineyard in the middle of the Venice Lagoon? There is, and if you are imagining rows of vines planted in the waters of the Adriatic Sea, your vision is not far from reality.
If you happen to be planning a flying visit in Italy in September, here are a few suggestions for wine, food, history and folklore, colors and music, landscapes and shows.