THE BEST WINES OF ITALY #1 | 95 — 100 points Wine Advocate

    Over the next few weeks, we will be presenting the top wines from leading international critics. We will start with Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, in which the world-renowned sommelier Monika Larner has been rating wines according to the 100-point system for years. The trade magazine “The Wine Advocate” (TWA) was founded in 1978 by Robert M. Parker Jr. The American Parker is regarded as one...

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    SUAVIA | "Selezione Vini Vulcanici I Luoghi" Soave Classico DOC 2020

    Forget everything you previously thought about Soave wines. In addition to the outstanding qualities that have been produced for many years, a new elite of white wines is being created in some wineries that are putting an entire region in a new light. And with their precise, mineral and expressive white wines, they need not fear international comparison! One of these lighthouse wineries...

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    Pfitscher | "Vigna Das Langefeld" Pinot Nero Riserva Alto Adige DOC 2019

    With the latest addition to their already high-calibre wine collection, the Pfitscher family has created a new top-quality South Tyrolean wine that perfectly and elegantly reflects the identity of the terroir. The small vineyard Das Langefeld is one of the highest and oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in South Tyrol. It is located in the Glen vineyard above Montan at around 550 metres above sea...

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    BIBENDA | The winning wines of the Italian Sommelier Association AIS

    Bibenda is a renowned Italian wine guide that is one of the most influential annual wine publications alongside Gambero Rosso and the Veronelli Guide. Bibenda’s rating principle is based on a scale of 1 to 5 grapes, with 5 grapes (Cinque Grappoli) being the highest award. This rating is only awarded to wines that stand out for their exceptional quality and distinctive character. Discover our...

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    Vinum | Top of Tuscany 2024

    The VINUM publication “Top of Tuscany” has been published as an annual special issue for 8 years now and presents the most successful wines and wineries of the year from this region. An impressive number of over 1,000 wines were tasted on site, only 400 wines convinced the expert jury and made it into the final list of the best, of which 100 wines ultimately qualified for the “Top of Tuscany”...

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    New arrival South Tyrol | Gump Hof — Markus Prackwieser

    Markus Prackwieser is undoubtedly one of those winegrowers who have a clear vision of their work. In 2000, the South Tyrolean took over the long-established estate from his father Johann, who until then had sold his entire harvest to co-operatives. The then 28-year-old Markus decided to break new ground and process his grapes himself. Today, he produces wines that authentically express the...

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    Valpolicella | The red from the "valley of many cellars"

    If there is one Italian wine region where red wine lovers will find everything their heart desires, then it is the Valpolicella zone in Veneto, located east of Lake Garda near the Soave area between the towns of Bardolino and Verona. The name Valpolicella itself is derived from the Latin term “Vallis Poli Cellae” and translates as “the valley of many cellars”, whose growing area hides a rich...

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    High ratings | "Tre Bicchieri" Gambero Rosso 2024

    It’s that time again, almost every hour in the last few days the winners of the 2024 edition (publication date 11/2023) of the “Vini d’Italia” were published by the Gambero Rosso publishing house. Since 1988 the probably most important Italian wine leader supplies an irreplaceable, annually updated, reference book for all, which concern themselves gladly and intensively with the multilayered...

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    New arrival Bolgheri | Organic Winery Tenuta Le Colonne

    No other winery in Bolgheri is as close to the sea as Tenuta Le Colonne. The sun-kissed vines thrive here just a few metres from the beaches of San Vincenzo and benefit from the fresh sea breeze. In the midst of this unspoilt nature, the winery in Donoratico, the southernmost district of Bolgheri, produces an extremely fine range of wines. The French grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon,...

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    Fèlsina | New Sangiovese vintages from master hands

    Undisputed: Fontalloro and Rancia are wine icons of Tuscany. The Gambero Rosso ranks Fèlsina among the ten most successful Italian wineries. You can hardly achieve much more in the Italian wine scene. While half of Italy relied on Cabernet & Co. in the 1970s and 1980s, Fèlsina produced single-varietal Sangiovese wines. Fontalloro and Rancia premiered in 1983 and were to make the...

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    Chardonnay | Body & Complexity

    The Chardonnay grape variety originates from the town of the same name in Burgundy, and its unique success story has made it the most important white wine variety in the world today. In Italy, Chardonnay performs particularly well in South Tyrol as well as in Umbria, where Antinori’s Castello della Sala certainly sets a benchmark for the whole of Italy. And from part of the grapes harvested...

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    Nobile di Montepulciano | The red wine of the nobles

    Even if the (Vino) Nobile is not exactly one of the best-known of Italian red wines, it deserves the glamour and reputation of the historic noble wine with which high society, popes and even presidents have filled their wine cellars since the 16th century. In recent years, there seems to be a joyful return to a classic and pure Sangiovese style. Many winemakers are producing an increasingly...

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    Sauvignon Bianco | Bouquet and Minerality

    Sauvignon Bianco is an old bouquet grape variety that is widespread in many wine-growing regions of Italy; in total, it can be found on almost 4,000 hectares from South Tyrol to Sicily. While in the northern regions such as Alto Adige (South Tyrol), Collio and Friuli (Friuli) as well as in the Veneto, it is mostly used to make single-varietal wines, Sauvignon is often used as a blending...

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    VINOUS.COM | The Tuscan Coastal Region

    As every year, Antonio Galloni dedicates a separate tasting report to the exciting Tuscan west coast. And as always, we have brought you the wines available with us from this exciting report “The new wines from the Tuscan coast will give readers much pleasure. The 2020 vintage is somewhat uneven, but the best wines offer remarkable freshness and aromatic intensity, with less weight than is...

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    Pinot Bianco | The perfect food companion

    Pinot Bianco or Pinot Blanc comes from the French Pinot family with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. In old Italian wine books, it was long equated or confused with Chardonnay, which is why many winemakers thought they had Chardonnay in their vineyards. The variety is particularly cultivated in South Tyrol and in the Collio, where it is considered a perfect food companion (e.g. the...

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    Vermentino | Aromatic white from Maremma and Sardinia

    The wines of the Vermentino grape are a great choice for lovers of fresh, lively white wines! In international blind tastings, these wines consistently achieve high ratings. And although the area under cultivation is slowly increasing worldwide, the grape variety is still relatively unknown. The grape is known as Vermentino in Tuscany, especially in Maremma and Bolgheri, in Sardinia and in...

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    Decanter World Wine Awards 2023 | Italy's Top Scorers

    For the 20th time, wines from all over the world were judged by the leading wine experts at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). The number of wines examined this year is once again impressive, with a total of 18,250 drops from 57 countries being tasted, 2,777 of which came from Italy alone. With this number, the Decanter World Wine Award has again set a new record this year for the most...

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    Verdicchio | Secret tip with great potential

    South of Rimini and the small state of San Marino, not far from the port city of Ancona, you will find one of Italy’s most exciting and versatile white grape varieties: Verdicchio from the Marche. Verdicchio is also popular in other Italian regions, although there is no doubt that the one from the central Italian region is the best. The largest growing zone is the 2,700-hectare DOC...

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    WINE ADVOCATE | The Sicily Report 2023

    Italy’s wine island of Sicily has enthralled us for over 20 years. The constant activity of the volcano, the renewal of the fertile volcanic soils, the unique microclimate, the rainfall and the sky-high elevations make Etna a powder keg for agriculture and viticulture. The volcano is the lifeline for one of Italy’s most fertile regions, with vines, some still rooted and over 100 years old,...

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    Arneis | The "white Barolo" from Piedmont

    Piedmont, with its sub-regions Langhe and Roero, is one of Italy’s most famous wine-growing regions. It is best known for its red wines from the Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo grape varieties. But there are also some wonderful white wines like Cortese, Timorasso and Arneis, the so-called “white Barolo”. Arneis is one of over 500 autochthonous Italian grape varieties that was almost extinct...

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    Dr. Wine — Over 300 wines with 95-100 points

    Dott. Daniele Cernilli, internationally renowned Italian wine journalist, co-founder and long-standing editor-in-chief of the renowned Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso, has had a new project close to his heart for a few years now: “Doctor Wine” - a very active and successful online platform about Italian wine, which is also published in English. In October 2014, his 550-page “Guida...

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    5. IL CALICE WINE FESTIVAL | 09.-11.06.2023 IN BERLIN

    For the fifth time, the Il Calice wine festival by restaurateur and winemaker Antonio Bragato is taking place in Berlin at Walter-Benjamin-Platz. We are very pleased to be able to participate this year with our long-standing Prosecco partner Andreola. Visit us from 09 to 11 June 2023 and discover, among other things, the fine Prosecchi Superiore DOCG from the core area around Valdobbiadene...

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    GRAZIANO PRÀ | Top new entry Soave Classico & Valpolicella

    Graziano Prà is one of a small group of talented winemakers who have shown the world that the Soave area can also produce top-quality wines capable of ageing. Since training as an enologist in the early 1980s and taking over the family vineyards, previously farmed by his grandfather and father, Graziano has been guided by the concept of transparency. “The task of the winemaker is to make a...

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    MASARI | Organic wines from Val d'Agno

    There are wine regions that are just waiting to be discovered. The Masari winery is situated at an altitude of 380 metres in the beautiful hills of the Val d’Agno, the easternmost valley between Verona and Vicenza. Massimo Dal Lago and Arianna Tessari cultivate their vines here directly on the foothills of the Small Dolomites. This is an agriculturally unspoilt corner of Veneto with...

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    MASSOLINO | Piedmont tradition since 1896

    For more than 100 years and now in its fourth generation, Massolino has been writing wine history. Around Serralunga d’Alba, some of the most famous single-vineyard Barolos in the world are created. With the acquisition of coveted vineyard sites, the co-founding of the consortium and the bottling of the region’s first single-vineyard Barolo, the Massolino name took its place in the world of...

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    VINOUS.COM | VENETO — Land of opportunity

    When Italy taster Eric Guido (Vinous.com) calls the wine region of Veneto the “land of opportunity”, wine lovers prick up their ears. But read for yourself how he assesses the current development of the exciting northern Italian wine region southeast of Lake Garda (you can find the full article on our pages). “Every time I travel to Veneto, I discover something new and exciting that...

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    LUCA GARDINI | Best Italy Wine Critic of the World 2022

    When a new star has been rising in the wine critic firmament for 10 years, it is only a matter of time that we present the profound tasting notes and ratings to you as well. The wine critic and sommelier world champion Luca Gardini (born 1981) revealed his outstanding talent early on. He is now also known by the synonym “The Wine Killer” and publishes his profound tasting notes and rankings...

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    AGLIANICO | The "Barolo of the South" — not only from the volcano

    Aglianico, also known as the “Barolo of the South”, is one of the oldest grape varieties in Italy. It is therefore logical that there are many legends and stories about this variety. The Phoenicians are said to have brought it with them hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. The Greeks also brought it, because the name is derived from “ellenico” (Hellenic, i.e. Greek). Sometimes one...

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    Gagliole | New arrival from Castellina

    Olive trees, cypresses and terraced vineyards supported by ancient dry-stone walls ... the Antico Podere Gagliole estate is a little jewel that holds all the charm of Tuscany. More than thirty years ago, the Swiss Monika and Thomas Bär were enchanted by the beauty of the Chianti Classico region. On the Gagliole estate in Castellina in Chianti, they finally found their second home and a new...

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    FALSTAFF | Tasting "Toscana Centrale

    In February 2023, the tasting team of the gourmet magazine FALSTAFF turned to the currently available vintages of central Tuscany. Toscana Centrale” primarily encompasses the Chianti Classico area between Florence and Siena, but also extends beyond this for the Super Tuscan wines. While in earlier years there was always a strong disparity between the quality of the “Super Tuscans” and the...

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    BRUNELLO 2018 | Sales launch

    Eagerly awaited: Now the first 40+ Brunello di Montalcino of the classic 2018 vintage have arrived in our climate-controlled warehouse. We have collected numerous opinions on the 2018 vintage for you, here is a small sample from Antonio Galloni (Vinous): “In Montalcino, the 2018 vintage is one of the most unique and idiosyncratic vintages in living memory, but this is not to say that the...

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    Vintage 2022 | Vino & Olio | More than 60 new Entries

    “The challenges for a vintage have never been greater than in 2022," reported the Italian winegrowers' associations Assoenologi, UIV and Ismea at the end of last year. According to the report, it rained 46 percent less in Italy in the first half of the year than the average of the past 30 years. 2022 was thus the driest year since 1800, so a clear strategy was needed to create the best...

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    VINOUS.COM | The Piedmont Report

    If Antonio Galloni knows an Italian wine region like the back of his hand, it is Piedmont. Long before he was editor-in-chief at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, he published the first English-language magazine on Italian wine in Italy: the Piemont Report. Today, he runs a modern platform under the name “Vinous”, which deals with all wine regions of the world and gathers a handful of the most...

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    CAIAROSSA | Temperament meets elegance

    Anyone looking for sustainably produced wines who does not want to forego excellent quality, unique enjoyment and great storage potential is more than in good hands with this Tuscan prime example of biodynamic agriculture. Biodynamic viticulture has a very long tradition at Caiarossa, which is why chemical additives have been avoided from the very beginning. The name of the farm is derived...

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    MASTROBERARDINO | Stilèma – for the Love of the Origin

    Which wine producer can truly claim to have revived the native grape varieties of their region? The Mastroberardino family, however, is fully entitled to do so, because without their extraordinary commitment to research and cultivation, Campania’s wonderful ancient grapes such as Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, Piedirosso, Aglianico or Coda di Volpe would probably have died out after the Second...

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    THE WINE ADVOCATE | South Tyrol — Always look up!

    “Always looking up." is the title of Monika Larner’s current South Tyrol report for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. “There are tasks and tasks. Every year I am particularly pleased when it is time to taste the wines from South Tyrol in the far north of Italy. My samples usually arrive when the weather is warm, and I particularly look forward to the bright fruit aromas that come from the cool...

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    SUPERIORE.DE | "Parla italiano?" – "Si!

    The number of our Italian-speaking customers in Europe has been growing continuously for years. We are therefore pleased to be able to offer you all the content of our pages in Italian with immediate effect. We are sure that this will enhance both your shopping experience and the value of our content. In the desktop version, simply select your language in the top right-hand corner. On...

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    FALSTAFF | The Sparkling Special 2022

    Every year, the gourmet magazine Falstaff devotes itself intensively to the topic of sparkling wine with its “Sparkling Special”. With the tasting of hundreds of wines, the special edition focuses entirely on the best sparkling wines in Europe. Italy can look back on a long tradition of sparkling wine, because here, too, the finest drops are produced in classic bottle fermentation (metodo...

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    SOUTH TYROL | Discovering Top Riserva

    Connoisseurs have known it for a long time: South Tyrol’s DOC varietal wines also include full-bodied Chardonnays, fine Rieslings and occasionally even Grüner Veltliner, as well as excellent red wines made from Lagrein, Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The popular white varieties Pinot Blanc (Pinot Bianco), Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio) and...

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    SLOW WINE | Terroir, Ecology and Value for Money

    The Slow Wine guide, first published in 2010, emerged from the Slow Food movement after they parted ways with the Gambero Rosso publishing house. The well-known Italian wine critics Giancarlo Gariglio and Fabio Giavedoni were able to recruit around 200 experienced tasters for their new project. The success after more than 10 years proves the editors right, because in all regions of Italy,...

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    VALTELLINA | Rugged rocks — fine wines

    Anyone who thinks that no prickly pears grow in the north of Italy has never been to the Valtellina. The Valtellina - as it is called in German - lies on the border to Switzerland in northern Lombardy and looks back on a wine-growing tradition that is over 2,000 years old. Sheltered by the Rhaetian Alps, the vines here thrive in an optimally sunny southern exposure and benefit from the warm...

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    WIRTSCHAFTSWOCHE | SUPERIORE.DE is the "Top Wine Merchant Italy 2022"

    The editors of WirtschaftsWoche, in cooperation with GrapeAlliance, selected Germany’s top wine retailers in an extensive evaluation process. To validate the results of the test, the process was additionally accompanied by an independent jury of experts. The following aspects were decisive for the evaluation: Depth of range, advice, buying experience, delivery time and customer support. More...

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    Cantina Tramin | Epokale 2015 | A Gewürztraminer in a class of its own from the depths of the mountain tunnel

    Today we present you a wine that could hardly boast a more exclusive storage history. At a depth of 4,000 metres, in the Poschhausstollen in the Ridnaun Valley, the exclusive Gewürztraminer “Epokale” from the Tramin Winery matured and can already be described as an absolute collector’s item. At 90 percent humidity and a constant 11 degrees Celsius, the “Epokale” Gewürztraminer Spätlese Alto...

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    St. Michael-Eppan | The strong cooperative

    The founding of the “Kellerei St. Michael-Eppan” in 1907 marked the beginning of an eventful success story. Today, the name stands for great wines and extraordinary quality. The 320 members of the winery work their vineyards in harmony with nature, their secret of success is the combination of decades of experience and the constant striving for perfection. The unique terroir, respectful...

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    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE | Barolo, Barbaresco & Co.

    When Monica Larner, Italy taster for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, publishes her extensive notes on the current collections from Piedmont, it is a highly comprehensive and exciting affair every year. This year, too, she has tasted almost 1,000 samples since spring and has therefore only published the first two major Piedmont rankings in the last few weeks. And a third will follow after the...

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    STUART PIGOTT | Trentino-Alto Adige 2019-2021

    The British Stuart Pigott is a wine critic, author and journalist. He regularly writes wine columns for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Feinschmecker and Fine - Das Weinmagazin. Since September 2016, he has also been writing for the website of wine critic and former editor of Wine Spectator, James Suckling. He describes his writing style as “gonzo wine journalism”, meaning...

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    WEINWISSER | Bolgheri 2019 — the boom continues

    In autumn 2021, as part of the new “Bolgheri DiVino” format, an Anteprima was held for the first time in the history of this region, which has been sheerly booming for a good decade now. The presentation was crowned with the fabulous and spectacular dinner on the famous Viale dei Cipressi." This was reported in detail by the editor-in-chief of WEINWISSER Giuseppe Lauria in a wonderfully...

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    SAN GIOVENALE | Lazio's Best Winery?

    Between the provinces of Verona and Vicenza, amidst the rural backdrop of forests and Venetian villas, Stefano Inama cultivates two close yet very different wine-growing areas. His vines thrive on the red clay and limestone subsoils of the Colli Berici and the extraordinary volcanic lava basalt soils of the Soave Classico area - so we are talking about volcanic wines from northern Italy,...

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    VINOUS.COM — Valpolicella & Amarone: On the move

    As Eric Guido from Vinous.com very aptly points out, Veneto’s paradigm wine Amarone is still too rarely drunk with food. This may be due to the traditional prejudice that, because of its density and often high alcohol and sugar content, this wine is more likely to be accompanied by an aged cheese or a good cigar. Valpolicella (and the Superiore from the core zone) is also generally not...

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    Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara | BEST OF VERNACCIA

    In the region around the imposing towers of the medieval town of San Gimignano, oenologist Alessio Logi has dedicated himself to what is probably Tuscany’s most famous white wine. Vernaccia di San Gimignano is one of the oldest white wines in Italy, mentioned in records dating back to 1276 and in Dante’s Divine Comedy. This white wine is therefore characterised by a centuries-old history of...

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    FALSTAFF | Prosecco Trophy 2022 — Our recommendations

    Today we are not talking about banal sparkling wine, which – if it does come from northern Italy – is commonly known as “Prosecco” and is even available in cans, but we are talking about the core zone of a highly individual and very authentic Spumante, whose region has rightly been elevated to the status of one of the world’s rare cultural assets worthy of protection, not only because of...

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    Inama | Fabulous New Entry: Soave Classico & Rosso Colli Berici

    Between the provinces of Verona and Vicenza, amidst the rural backdrop of forests and Venetian villas, Stefano Inama cultivates two close yet very different wine-growing areas. His vines thrive on the red clay and limestone subsoils of the Colli Berici and the extraordinary volcanic lava basalt soils of the Soave Classico area - so we are talking about volcanic wines from northern Italy,...

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    Sales Start Brunello | 2017 Annata & 2016 Riserva

    At the end of February, Monica Larner published for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate her first ratings of the Brunello di Montalcino 2017 and Riserva 2016 that came on the market this year. She rightly asks in her article and also immediately gives the answer: “And what is the soul of Brunello? The ideal is elegance. Few wine regions in the world have the potential to produce wines with such...

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    COS | Sicilian pioneers of amphora wine

    The acronym COS stands for the initials of the three founders of the winery: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Pinuccia Strano. As early as 1985, the triumvirate became a duo, consisting of Giambattista Cilia and Giusto Occhipinti, who have passionately shaped the Sicilian success story of the COS winery for more than 40 years. It’s hard to imagine now that the owners' original...

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    Badia a Coltibuono | Authentic Ambassador of Chianti Classico

    The Badia a Coltibuono winery is world famous for its Chianti & Chianti Classico. Situated amidst the typical hilly landscape high above the municipality of Gaiole, the winery’s headquarters are located behind impressive monastery walls. A place with an impressive history, because already about 1,000 years ago the monks of Vallombrosa, belonging to a Benedictine order, founded the “Abbey...

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    GENERATION CHANGE | Famiglia Cotarella Reinvents Falesco

    Riccardo and his brother Renzo Cotarella are not unknown faces on the Italian wine scene. The two renowned oenologists have received significant recognition for their work at numerous successful wineries over the years. Meanwhile, at the Falesco family winery, the Cotarella family is undergoing an exciting generational change: Dominga, Marta and Enrica Cotarella – a new and third...

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    PIO CESARE | In Remembrance of Pio Boffa

    Since the much too early and sudden death of Pio Boffa in the spring of 2021, his legacy of more than 40 years of enthusiastic work has passed to his daughter Federica. Together with her cousin Cesare Benvenuto and her uncle Augusto Boffa, she now leads the fortunes of the 140-year-old winery. The triumvirate is completed by oenologist Paolo Fenocchio. Pio Boffa has always paid great...

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    BEHIND THE SCENES | Kettmeir

    Second fermentation at the highest level! More than thirty years ago, when Vernatsch still dominated the South Tyrolean wine world, Kettmeir set the course for an experiment that would become a passion over the years. Since then, spumante has been produced using the champagne method, with several years of yeast storage, from the classic grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot...

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    VINUM – The best wines from Tuscany

    The images that come to everyone’s mind when speaking of Tuscany are actually always those from the heart of Tuscany, the Chianti region. Everyone thinks of the wonderful hilly landscape between Florence and Siena. But Tuscany is much more. Much bigger. And more diverse. The five most important sub-regions of Tuscany are Bolgheri, Chianti/Chianti Classico, Maremma, Montalcino and...

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    BEHIND THE SCENES | Lamole di Lamole

    Traditional & future-oriented – that is not a contradiction here. The vineyards of Castello di Lamole extend between the typical Tuscan villages of Lamole and Pile, not far from Greve in Chianti Classico. The terraced vineyards look out over the Chianti hills. Year after year, the foundations are laid here for the terroir-strong, wonderfully classic wines of the house. From the...

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    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE | South Tyrol's New Releases

    Monica Larner from Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate” published her current tasting notes of the South Tyrolean vintages 2017-2020 these days. It shows that the whites and reds are getting better (fresher and more complex) from year to year and that the South Tyrolean winemakers know how to deal with the effects of climate change very well. But read for yourself: “This is my annual report...

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    Lagrein | Red Bestseller from South Tyrol

    Lagrein is relatively easy to recognise by its dark berry aromas and a delicate scent of violets, often also plums and sour cherries. It has a dark colour, is full-bodied and velvety, has mild tannins and moderate acidity As a local red wine (and rosé), it is currently booming in South Tyrol. But demand is also growing internationally among enthusiasts who love independent and...

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    High Ratings | THE WINES OF FRIULI – Fine White Wines

    Friuli lies in the far north-east of Italy, bordering South Tyrol and Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east, Venice to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Many small family wineries still cultivate ancient, little-known grape varieties and, of course, international varieties from Chardonnay and Sauvignon to Cabernet and Merlot have long been completely normal in the larger...

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    Carricante | Freshness and Minerality from Sicily

    Carricante, the autochthonous white grape variety from eastern Sicily (mostly around Etna), is now a rarity, as there were only 205 hectares left in the last statistics in 2010. However, since some larger wineries such as Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Tasca d’Almerita, Planeta, Cusumano, Graci or Benanti around Etna have invested a lot in recent years, it can be assumed that some have also...

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    High Ratings | Falstaff — Tuscany's West Coast

    The Tuscan coast is more synonymous than an official wine region. The Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany is home to dozens of different wine appellations, from Terre di Pisa in the north to Costa Toscana down to Maremma Toscana, Morellino di Scansano, the island of Giglio and some of the interesting IGT wines from Capalbio on Tuscany’s southern border with Lazio. “Today, the region is considered a...

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    Pinot Grigio | White Diversity and Class

    Originally from France, where it is called Pinot Gris, this grape variety is widespread and very old all over the world. That is why there are countless synonyms. In German-speaking countries, these include Grauburgunder, Ruländer, Grauer Mönch and many more. The variety is genetically identical and actually only a mutation of Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder) as well as Pinot Bianco...

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    BEHIND THE SCENES | Nonino

    “Award-winning summer retreat." Nonino’s “L’Aperitivo Nonino” BotanicalDrink is the “Aperitif of the Year 2021” at the international “Spirit Award”. Out of more than 120 aperitifs and distillates from all over the world, the natural and vegan aperitivo is the first representative from Italy to adorn itself with this special award. And the verdict comes from a competent mouth, because the...

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    BEHIND THE SCENES | Lis Neris

    Positively into the future. An exclusive shoulder view with Alvaro. Most certainly, Lis Neris is one of the best wineries from Friuli. Winery owner Alvaro Pecorari devoted much of his time to researching his vineyard sites and their varietal suitability. That he has succeeded in this in an impressive way is proven by the fact that his Lis Neris winery is now more than ever considered an...

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    BEHIND THE SCENES | Tenuta Alois Lageder

    “Authentic & biodynamic – and firmly in family hands!" The Alois Lageder family winery produces lively and fresh wines from South Tyrol. With a holistic understanding of nature, creativity and a love of experimentation, Alois Lageder creates wines that reflect the diversity of South Tyrol. In the spirit of biodynamic agriculture, the winery is constantly developing its knowledge,...

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    Top rated | Brunello 2016 & Riserva 2015

    This is what we call a hat trick: After we were able to enjoy the very well-balanced, fruit-driven and almost perfect 2015 vintage last year, the appellation is now doing it again. In terms of elegance, complexity and finesse, the 2016 vintage brings wines to the market that are more comparable to the great 2010 vintage. Compared to the fruity, warm and very harmonious style of the rightly...

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    BEHIND THE SCENES | Tenuta di Fessina

    “A tour around centennial bush vines and a 18th century Palmento on Mt. Etna” Tenuta di Fessina was born in 2007 by a Silvia Maestrelli project. First woman producer and pioneer on the Volcano. The estate it is a 17th century Palmento hidden inside a double lava flow from two different eruptions, 1911 and 1809. Tenuta di Fessina core is located on the Northern slope of Mt. Etna, the...

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    FALSTAFF | SUPERIORE.DE: Winner "Wine Merchant Italy"

    The renowned trade magazine Falstaff asked its community at the end of 2020 “Where do you prefer to buy wine?" and you answered. And we are excited: SUPERIORE.DE was voted the most popular wine merchant in the category “selection Italy”. Thank you very much for your numerous votes and, of course, especially for your loyalty over the last 20 years, without which this great result would not...

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    VINOUS.COM | Brunello 2015 – Vintage from God?

    “It is a vintage full of strength and purity, the result of a long growing season without extreme events. One that was warmer than 2014 and with much less rain, yet the water reserves were high due to the rainfall during the winter months. These reserves helped the vines through the dry, warm and sunny summer months, supplemented by cool night temperatures and just the right amount of rainfall...

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    Vintage 2015 | Brunello di Montalcino

    “The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years. Winemakers in Montalcino were never better prepared to produce outstanding wines in a year like 2015 with their exactness in...

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    WEINWIRTSCHAFT | SUPERIORE.DE IS ONLINE WINE MERCHANT OF THE YEAR 2018

    If there is a top address in our business, then it is Meininger Verlag, which appropriately resides in Neustadt an der Weinstraße: In 1903, the “Weinblatt” by founder Daniel Meininger was one of the first renowned trade journals to deal with our favourite topic, and 114 years later the publishing house became an oenological and gastronomic authority. Every year the trade magazine...

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    Primitivo | Identity vs. Mainstream

    For years it was suspected, but after recent genetic engineering studies it is now known for certain: Primitivo is identical to the Californian Zinfandel and is derived from the ancient Croatian grape variety Tribidrag or Crlenjak Kastelanski, which was already known in the 15th century. The name was originally “Primativo” and referred to early ripening, which incidentally also applies to the...

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