The Maeli Winery – July

The name Maeli comes from marna and limo (marl and silt): two elements of sedimentary origin that characterize the soil on which the vineyards of the homonymous winery are cultivated. This small winery was born in the unique and wonderful context of Le Terre del Pirio, within the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills, where layers of white marl mix with limestone and trachyte, a typical rock of volcanic origin. An area also characterized by incredible biodiversity, an ideal environment to host a wide variety of plant species from the Mediterranean area.

“We care about respect and protection of the environment, therefore our approach to grape cultivation is agro-ecological: we do not use chemicals or pesticides and in the cellar we try to encourage spontaneous fermentation with the yeasts of the our grapes and we contain a lot of the use of sulphites”. This is the modern approach of the winery at whose reins we find Elisa Dilavanzo. The real protagonists of these wines, however, are the vines of the territory, the result of a link with tradition thanks to the cultivation of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, which gives rise to two Bordeaux blends, but the yellow muscat is the master. Enhancing this grape in all its forms is a real mission for Maeli.

A gem of this small Italian winery of about 60,000 bottles a year: it is the only one in the world to vinify yellow muscat in five different versions. From sweet sparkling wine to the classic brut nature method, from wine refermented in the bottle according to the ancient ancestral method to still dry wine and passito. These five expressions give life to “La Via Del Moscato Giallo”, a tasting that is very successful in the cellar, at the end of which a small recognition is also issued to certify the knowledge of Moscato Giallo.

The wines chosen for you? Here they are!

Dilì Moscato Giallo Frizzante 2019

Grown on clayey and calcareous soils, this Moscato was harvested by hand and in boxes in the first ten days of September. A color between golden yellow with slightly orange and amber reflections. An opalescence given by the presence of suspended yeasts, with which the wine was bottled and according to the ancestral method. The nose reveals a powerful intensity, which releases aromas of flowers and yellow fruit such as apple, peach and exotic fruit. Dried fruit is found in the form of crunchy almonds and hazelnuts. In the mouth it is warm, the softness is balanced by a pleasant tannic sensation due to the skin maceration of the wine. Sulphurous and glazed notes make the wine bouquet wide and even more interesting. The suggested serving temperature is 10 ° C.

 

 

 

Bianco Infinito Moscato Giallo 2015

It is also cultivated on clayey and calcareous soils and was harvested by hand, in boxes, in the first ten days of September. Its straw yellow color is striking for its aromatic personality and elegance. The nose has floral notes of magnolia, orange blossom and fruity notes of peach and yellow fruit, citrus and aromatic herbs. Softness and richness of aromas in the mouth well balanced by an acid vein and a savory finish that makes the finish complex and pleasant at the same time. Elegant and very persistent, versatile in combinations. Ideal on vegetables in batter, soups based on pumpkin, legumes and mushrooms, risottos and first courses with peas, arasparagus and wild herbs in general, on white meats and fresh cheeses. Recommended serving temperature 8/10 ° C.

The Marangona Winery – May

The Marangona winery’s vineyards are located in Pozzolengo on the border between Veneto and Lombardy, in northern Italy. This area is particularly suited for the production of white wines, thanks to a terroir characterized by clay and white limestone, and by the mild lake climate which favors the full ripening of the grapes.

The winery gets its name from a bell whose tolling marked the beginning and end of hard work in the fields. The bell rang inside the courtyard of a delightful seventeenth-century farmhouse which still houses the winery and cellar, added in the 1970s. Everything is managed by Laura and Alessandro, who have chosen to work organically in the vineyard and cellar.

Trebbiano di Lugana is the most widely planted variety, and makes up most of the total production. Their wines are true representatives of the territory and offer a distinctive and personal style. Tre Campane and Cemento are two labels not to be missed, and we have therefore selected them for you (wine tasting options).

 

Tre Campane

It is the selection of Marangona. From vineyards of over 40 years of age, deeply rooted in the clayey calcareous soil. Soft pressing and fermentation in steel tanks at low temperature. Aging on fine lees kept in suspension in non-vitrified natural cement tanks for 10/12 months. Bottle aging for at least another 6 months.

We liked Tre Campane because it expresses great freshness, minerality, complexity and body. Its aromas are very fine and complex. It has delicate citrus and floral hints. In the mouth it is persistent with a slight finish of bitter almond. It is a first-class aperitif and will go great with all lake fish dishes.

 

 

 

Cemento

Grapes from vineyards of at least 40 years of age, deeply rooted in clayey-calcareous soil. Grapes de-stemmed and fermented with the skins in non-vitrified natural cement tanks. Aging on fine lees kept in suspension for 10/12 months in non-vitrified concrete tanks. Further refinement in the bottle for at least 6 months.

Cemento is pleasantly fresh, has aromas of white flowers and white pulp fruit, with a well-balanced structure and a very enjoyable drinkability. It is also an excellent aperitif, and an obligatory choice for lake fish first courses such as risotto with tench.

The Bigagnoli Since 2012 Winery – April

Alessio’s story is brand new, and just began in 2012! The wine making project, however, came from years of studies, trials and errors, discoveries, passion and hard work. After a few years as a garagiste, he won the 2012 edition of the Garage Wine Contest in Genoa with his AKA, a Bardolino Chiaretto traditional method. In that precise moment the idea of ​​Bigagnolisince 2012 was born.

That project would have been anything but easy, but he had finally received the confirmations he had been looking for. That acknowledgment gave him the strength and the awarenes she needed. So, despite the tough historical moment for those intending to start a business, he decided to embark on this wonderful adventure. His starting point was a vineyard owned by his father Raffaello and his brother Giuseppe. He took care of his small plot of land through out the summer and the following autumn, and it went right up to its first harvest. A friend allowed him to take his grapes to his cellar and personally follow the entirewine making process.

With his first bottle in his hands, he was at the starting point of a story to be told!

The vineyard

Its vineyards are located on a hilly terrain of morainic origin in the city of Bardolino, precisely in Calmasino, the town where Alessio was born and raised. Calmasino is a small village on the hills that flank the east shore of Lake Garda where the climate and soil deeply characterize the local wines. The vineyard has an area of ​​about 5000 meters with vines ranging in age from 5 to 30 years. The cultivated varieties are Garganega, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. Alessio’s dream would be to create a French-style CRU Calmasino, and we can’t wait to see that day!

The Wines Chosen For You

 

Bardolino DOC Classic Chiaretto

A beautiful rosé with a bright color and an olfactory bouquet of pleasantly acidulous red fruits. The tantalizing spicy note and good acidity go so well with its sapidity. It is perfect with fresh water fish, and asian cuisine such as sushi, and tempura.

 

Scrum Red Wine

In the game of rugby, scrum is the clash of sixteen players, during which they release all their strength and intertwine in a single, harmonious movement. This wine is a homage to rugby, the sport that Alessio loves the most. Scrum is a blend of two grapes: one more elegant and refined – Corvina, 80% – the other rougher and more impetuous – Oseleta, 20%. Like two teams, they meet to create a unique and unbeatable blend of aromas and flavors. Their playground is clayver, an innovative ceramic amphora that allows the grapes to fully express their characteristics, without being masked by wood. Finally, sixteen months of refinement: one for each player. A late harvest for Alessio’s most personal wine. A beautiful concentration that leaves room for cleanliness and elegance, spice, hints of leather and refined tannins. The perfect pairing for a lightly seared steak, and a pleasant surprise with tandoori chicken!

The Pialli Winery

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The Pialli family has been producing wines since the 1960s. Both grandparents Silvio Tognetti (CìoBacaro) and Gregorio Pialli owned small vineyards and each made and sold their own wine. Typical productions, at that time, were Tocai Rosso and Garganega. In 1999 both grandparents stopped their activities and in 2001 the new generation began the transformation of the company by combining the two properties into a single winery, focusing exclusively on the vinification of Tocai Rosso di Barbarano. The vineyards were immediately converted to organic. Today the company has 4.5 hectares of vineyards for a total annual production ranging from 13,000 to 20,000 depending on the vintage. It is now led by Alessandro Pialli, both in the vineyard and in the cellar.

The company and the vineyards are located on the east side of the Berici Hills, in the old cliff where the sea in ancient times carved out slopes and vertical walls. The soils in this area are very particular, varying from the classic clayey red soils typical for the Berici hills to become drastically calcareous with white and pink flakes. Today Pialli works 7 plots with different terrains and different exposures. After many years of testing and experimentation they have come to produce 4 types of Tai Rosso, each of which conveys the characteristics of its own terroir.

We have chosen 4 labels for our Nature and Magnificent wine tasting option boxes:

Rosso Calbin 2019 – Tai Rosso IGT Veneto

The red Tai in its traditional version but with a modern twist. The red Tai 4.0. Rosso Calbin presents the best young and varietal traits of this grape. The nose immediately presents bloody and peppery notes typical of red Tai, together with floral notes of violet and fruity notes of small red fruits. The freshness and minerality of this wine are remarkably balanced. Our suggestion is to play with the serving temperatures to discover its versatility. Try it at about 14 degrees for an aperitif and at about 18 degrees with a boiled or a grilled meat. In both cases it will not be forgotten!

  • Grape variety – Tai Rosso
  • Alcohol content – 12,5/13,5% Vol.
  • Serving temperature – 16°C
  • In the vineyard – Spurred cordon, guyot
  • Harvest – By hand in small boxes
  • Vinification and aging – One week maceration in steel tanks, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Six months in 500 liter and 15 hl French oak and cherry barrels
  • Characteristics – Fruity and soft wine

Cio Bacaro 2017 – Barbarano DOC Colli Berici

The red Tai reserve of the Barbarano sub-area. It shows structure and complexity while maintaining a masterful balance. It immediately strikes with a powerful sip and gives way to freshness and peppery returns, intoxicating the nose with spicy notes and ripe red fruit. A real star of the show!

  • Grape variety – Tai Rosso
  • Alcohol content – 14% Vol.
  • Serving temperature – 18°C
  • In the vineyard – Spurred cordon, guyot
  • Harvest – By hand in small boxes
  • Vinification and aging – Two weeks maceration in steel tanks, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. 18 months in 500-liter French oak barrels and subsequent aging in the bottle for 12 months
  • Characteristics – The maximum expression of Tai Rosso, the great native grape of the Berici Hills

Gregorio 2015 – Barbarano DOC Colli Berici

The best Tai of the company, an idea that came to Alessandro after his oenological studies in Verona, the land of Amarone. His bet on the withering of the red Tai was perfectly successful for us. A tribute to his grandfather Gregorio, and he could only be proud of it. Withering in plateaus and a long fermentation in exhausted woods that gives us a Tai of an unprecedented complexity, full of personality and character. It gave great satisfaction with a well-sauced veal with tuna sauce, made without shortcuts and with all the trimmings.

  • Grape variety – Tai Rosso
  • Alcohol content – 16% Vol.
  • Serving temperature – 18°C
  • In the vineyard – Calcareous marly soils and red clays full of skeleton; spurred cordon, guyot
  • Harvest – By hand in small boxes
  • Vinification and aging – Natural drying for about 1 month. Maceration for 3 weeks in oak vats. Aging for about 30-36 months in 500-liter French oak barrels and subsequent aging in the bottle for 6 months
  • Characteristics – In the earth and in the glass, from a young, pale wine in color to a great red from aging. Gregorio, Tai at maximum power, structured, but elegant, delicate, yet powerful, is the result of a perfect ripening of the best grapes, slightly dried and long macerated

Ombre d’ambra 2017 – Garganega IGT Veneto

A garganega that will remain in your thoughts. A maceration that gives intense sweet aromas of orange blossom, honey, vanilla and is kept alive by a wonderful acidity and minerality. The mouth finish is pure almond, typical for this variety. We recommend it with rabbit stew, as long asyou don’t finish the bottle while you are still cooking!

  • Grape variety – Tai Rosso
  • Alcohol content – 12,5% Vol.
  • Serving temperature – 10/14°C
  • Harvest – Late harvest
  • Vinification and aging – Maceration for 2 weeks and spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts followed by aging in barrique for 15 months
  • Characteristics – Amber yellow color, floral and fruity aromas

The Corte Bravi Winery – January

In the middle of the Valpolicella Classica, in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Corte Bravi was born in 2011 from the project of the brothers Andrea and Ivano Brunelli. United by the passion of vine cultivation and respect for the territory, the two decided to open their doors and create truly unique wines. The area where the winery is located borders on the north with Lessinia and on the west with the front of Garda Lake, a situation that allows you to enjoy a mild climate. Towards the horizon, towards the south, the city of lovers: Verona.

A story that begins in 1990, when the family buys the land in Gargagnago, immersed in a small valley surrounded by the estates of the Serego Alighieri counts (yes, the descendants of the famous Dante!). In those years the Brunellis began the cultivation of the vine, starting with the arrangement of the characteristic dry stone walls, typical of the area.

If Corte Bravi is part of our Nature tasting option, there is a reason. The winery offers a production of certified organic wines and has been part of the Vinnatur association since 2019. It is an organization of small artisan winemakers who have imposed specific rules to be able to certify a wine as ‘natural’, free from chemicals. From 2020 the winery is also independent from an energy point of view, as it uses renewable sources for its activities.

Natural Wines in Valpolicella Classica: products from our own production, with spontaneous fermentation on their indigenous yeasts, without the use of chemical additives. What can I say, the Corte Bravi wines have thrilled us for their elegance and precision, as well as for their countless facets.

Timido

A white wine in Valpolicella? Yes, we can! An idea shined by the exciting execution!

The “Timido” timidly pressed red grapes.

Classification: Organic White IGT Verona

Vintage: 2019

Vineyards: Owned, grown in Veronese pergola with organic method.

Production area: Gargagnago, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella (Verona).

Soil: calcareous

Grapes: 50% Rondinella and 50% Molinara “Rossa”.

Vinification and aging: Only red grapes harvested by hand and immediately timidly pressed to separate the must from the skins. Hence the name “shy”. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts and without the use of chemical additives, in small steel tanks. Brief aging on the lees for a few months before being bottled without filtration.

Fermentation: Spontaneous with indigenous yeasts.

No filtration

Without sulphites

Alcoholic degree: 12%

Pairing: Excellent for aperitifs, lake fish and fresh cheeses.

Serving temperature: 10-12 °

Organoleptic description: Straw yellow color with lime green reflections, fresh citrus fruits, meadow flowers and aromatic herbs on the nose. In the mouth dry, mineral and savory. Almost tannic, return of citrus aromas and bread crust. Try it with a pumpkin soup, rosemary or fried sage.

Valpolicella

Classification: DOC Valpolicella Classico Organic

Vintage: 2018

Vineyards: Owned, cultivated with Veronese pergola, with organic method

Production area: Gargagnago, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella (Verona).

Soil type: Predominantly calcareous.

Grapes: 50% Corvinone, 35% Corvina and 15% Rondinella.

Vinification and aging: Hand-picked red grapes are selected and immediately pressed. Put to ferment in steel tanks with indigenous yeasts without the use of chemicals and with only temperature control. Aging in steel for a few months, spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Bottled without filtration.

Fermentation: Spontaneous with indigenous yeasts.

Not filtered

Sulphites: Less than 30mg / lt.

Alcoholic degree: 12.5%

Pairing: Wine for the whole meal, ideal with traditional dishes such as pasta, risotto and cured meat appetizers.

Serving temperature: 15-18 ° C

Try it with a tuna steak with sesame at a slightly cooler serving temperature.

Organoleptic description: Bright ruby ​​red color with amaranth nuances, the nose is enhanced by strawberry and cherry with hints of raspberry. In the mouth the red fruits meet the expectations of the aromas. The sapidity and softness make it a pleasant wine, balanced by a moderate spiciness. Suitable for any occasion.

 

WTW Sommelier – @afinarelli

Welcome To The WeTaste.Wine World

In this particular and difficult moment of history, we have decided to roll up our sleeves and focus on this project: WeTaste.Wine. One of the most important Italian treasure is the wine. The reason why we thought it deserved to be shared and known to the widest possible audience around the world. Our Discovery, Magnificent and Nature wine tasting options are aimed at anyone who wants to explore the Italian lands of wine. The most characteristic wineries, the most representative labels, the stories of families who dedicate a lifetime to making the wine of their dreams.

From the most experienced sommeliers to wine enthusiasts, wine bloggers and those who simply love sharing the experience of tasting an excellent glass of wine. WeTaste.Wine will take them through a wine journey different every month, a conscious and expert choice, guided by quality and curiosity.

Wine has its own rhythm and we want to respect it. As well as waiting for a lunch or a special occasion, our wine boxes are delivered once a month. A ‘slow-commerce’ that we like, respecting those who work in this world and those who will appreciate its products.

The territory is our starting point. The first wine boxes will come from three selected wineries in Val d’Alpone, in the province of Verona. A place where the unfolding of the rows and their harmony gets lost in the horizon. A difficult choice, given the great quality of the wines from this land. Step by step we will do our best to bring their bottles to your dining tables.

Our sommeliers are constantly looking for the best wines for your tasting experience! This is only the beginning, because this beautiful land of wines, Italy, it is also a place where getting lost becomes a real pleasure.

Enjoy your wine tasting journey 🙂

The WeTaste.Wine Team