Led by Lorena Lancia (best FISAR sommelier 2016!) , October 2018
Vivera - SicilyThis is a young company, if you consider that its first bottling was in 2008. I met Loredana Vivera and her parents during a tasting and I was immediately struck by their wines and by the determined and passionate personality of the women of the family. The winery is located in Linguaglossa in the Martinella district, at 600 meters above sea level on the north-eastern side of Etna. Here, in 2002, Nino Vivera purchased 12 hectares of land, an area that might have appeared ungrateful, dominated as it was by shrubs, brambles and stones... The great reclamation work has instead made this very rich 250 meter deep lava soil cultivable, the result of the accumulation of many different eruptive materials, perfect for the cultivation of vines. Here, as in Corleone where Vivera cultivates another 35 hectares of vines, constant ventilation removes humidity and allows the vines to grow in a healthy environment, ideal for organic cultivation.
Piccaratico Farm - TuscanyWe are in Vinci in the Chianti area. Among the unfolding of undulating hills - in a gentle landscape, where the only straight lines are those of the cypresses - there are the vineyards of the Piccaratico farm, owned by the Rossini family since the beginning of the nineteenth century. In 2004 Eleonora - sixth generation of producers - took the reins of the company and with determination began to manage the 7 hectares of vineyards, planted with Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trebbiano and Malvasia. Fattoria Piccaratico produces around 30,000 bottles a year, a small and precious production divided into 5 labels, which should become 7 as early as next year.
Marco Donati - Trentino Alto AdigeThis family-run company started making wine more than 150 years ago and today, with Marco, the property has reached 22 hectares of vines and produces around 100,000 bottles a year. The heart of the company is in the Piana Rotaliana in Mezzocorona (TN), where old teroldego and lagrein pergolas are grown on alluvial soils rich in porphyry and clay. Marco's commitment joins that of his daughter Elisabetta (the sixth generation of producers) to ensure that each wine is unique: "being and becoming reside in wine, one sip will never be the same as another, each bottle contains a story to tell to those who know how to taste it.” There are two labels that I propose to you, both from the 2016 harvest because this vintage benefited from an excellent sugar content and boasts an extraordinary level of quality.