Led by Anna Cardin, November 2018
Vigna Ròda - VenetoVigna Roda is a small family-run company immersed in the greenery of the Colli Euganei Regional Park, south-west of Padua. Gianni and Elena, esteemed hosts, when they open the doors of the tasting room to you, actually welcome you into their home . This very human dimension is one of the most beautiful things to experience in the world of wine . Tasting while sitting at a table, listening to the life of those who make wine there, fully understanding what the life of a winemaker is like... All this is a multivitamin for us sommeliers. In the Euganean Hills the panorama changes step by step and there are areas with real volcanic soil and others with light soils, because the underground push of the magma has led to the lifting of the seabed. Taking a tour of these hills you realize how the type of vegetation completely changes depending on the terrain: chestnut woods proliferate in volcanic soils, Mediterranean scrub on marly ones. The same goes for the wide variety of vines that are grown in these areas, each one has its most suitable areas, where it is able to express itself best. This depends on factors such as the variegation of the soil, exposure, altitude... At Vigna Roda both international and native vines are grown: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, serprino and yellow moscato. I propose the "festive wine", the one that is never missing on the laid tables in this period. I remember, when I was a child, the bottle of Moscato at dessert time, among dried and candied fruit, biscuits, panettone, marzipan sweets... The yellow Moscato, also known as Sirio or Fior d'Arancio, is part of the large Moscato family, which together with the numerous Malvasias, arrived in Italy starting from Greece. The yellow muscat, of probable Syrian origins, then spread especially in Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige, where it is known as Goldmuskateller.
Ghiomo - PiedmontA corner of the Langa in the Roero. The Ghiomo Agricultural Company takes its name from an ancient farmhouse, a former friary convent. We are in Guarene, a small town not far from Alba, geographically in the Roero but outside the denomination for a handful of meters. In reality, the proximity to the Langhe can be felt when tasting the wines. In the Roero the soils are generally sandy and very permeable, while in this area, not far from the Tanaro River, we find marly soils (clay, limestone, with fossil Sant'Agata marl, typical soil of the Langhe area). Sand is present, but in decidedly smaller quantities than in neighboring areas, which is why I like to define them as wines with Roero roots but Langhe wines at heart. These particular conditions, together with the hilly location and the right exposures, allow us to produce wines to be consumed immediately but also, in some cases, to be forgotten in the cellar for a few years. Giuseppino Anfossi loves to define himself as a farmer , on the boxes he uses to package his wines, the writing " Farmer in Guarene" already makes us understand his character. He is a genuine, direct, simple person, with an uncommon humility. If I were to introduce his wines, the first thing I would say is that they are similar to him. He doesn't care about current trends, he cares that his wines are produced according to very specific standards, first of all respect for everything that surrounds him, because if the Earth is treated with respect, in the end it will only reward you . The company is surrounded by greenery, when you arrive you are greeted by the family's army of cats; the door opens and Giuseppino arrives with a big smile... It's now a ritual. Never show up to him empty-handed, his motto is " at a friend's house you should always show up with a bottle of wine ". The Anfossi family is the image of a healthy family, with strong values: the children have their own personal garden where they are learning to grow fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs. The cultivated vines are Barbera, Nebbiolo and Arneis; approximately 40,000 bottles produced, naturally depending on the vintages. If a vintage does not allow the production of the quantity of quality of the previous year, the number of bottles also decreases drastically. This means that each vintage reflects what nature actually gave, without any magic in the cellar.
Dal Cero - VenetoThe Dal Cero brothers stand out for something rare: they don't miss a beat. Whether we are talking about the Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe in Roncà, the Tenuta Montecchiesi in Cortona, or the latest arrival, the new property in Valpolicella. Their story begins in the 1930s with grandfather Augusto and proceeds very well thanks to the foundations made solid by his sons Dario and Giuseppe. Augusto's grandchildren currently take care of the company completely: Nico, Francesca and Davide. Each of them has a fundamental role in the company. The famous saying "unity is strength" fits perfectly in this case: the desire to grow, the commitment and the numerous trips to the Rhone Valley and Burgundy did the rest. Their wines have very distinct personalities but by tasting, for example, two wines from the same estate, you can sense a very recognizable and distinctive common thread. The territorial footprint is what makes the difference, that territory that they respect and value so much . The Roncà valley rises between 2 volcanoes: Crocetta and Calvarina. The wines of the area are characterized by an important mineral imprint and an acidic tone due to the altitude but also to the area, which is considered "fresher" than others in the denomination. Just take a walk to the Runcata Vineyard (at almost 500 meters above sea level), among acacia trees, flowers, butterflies, insects, red and black stones, to realize the wonder of this place. On clear days the view is breathtaking and to the east you can even see Venice.