Grottafumata, named after the prevalent “smoky caves” near the estate’s olive grove, is both a grower of organic olive oil on the western slopes of Mount Etna and a micro-producer of wine from Etna’s historically important “south side,” or lato sud, near Zafferano. Not wanting to deal with the bureaucracy of the Etna DOC, Mauro Cutuli and Mariangela Prestifilippo chose to declassify their gorgeous, golden, wildflower-scented nectar. Their inaugural vintage, made predominantly from Carricante vines with some Catarratto and Minnella, is a field blend with a brief skin maceration in the Etnean tradition from ancient vines on steep, volcanic slopes.
An artisanal producer of Prosecco, the Gregoletto family’s azienda was founded in 1600 in the heart of this ancient growing region around Valdobbiadene. Manzoni is a more recent addition to the Italian pantheon of grape varieties, created in the early twentieth century by crossing Riesling and Pinot Bianco. Tradition meets modernity in this fun, easy-to-like, dry Italian white that seems to have just the right medium body, fruitiness, invigorating acidity, and deliciousness factor for everyday enjoyment.
At La Marca, viticulture is a labor of love—understandable, when you are farming luscious rolling hillsides in the foothills of the Apennines, enjoying a view of the Adriatic coastline in the distance. Pristine organic fruit finds its way to winedom through a spontaneous fermentation and long aging in massive oak casks, followed by an unfiltered bottling. Verdicchio is typically a light, crisp quaffer, but the Passolento has the layered textures that white Burgundy lovers chase after. In prime condition now, this 2016 will easily live another decade.
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