VINOUS.COM – CHIANTI CLASSICO & BEYOND

    In the Tuscany Report just published by Antonio Galloni (VINOUS.COM), which focuses exclusively on the Chianti and Chianti Classico region, he reports on the regional differences and the upcoming changes, which are not only challenging, but also very hopeful. But read it for yourself, you will find the complete and highly interesting report on our pages, as always.

    "I was thrilled to get back to Chianti Classico this past summer. It was my first tasting trip to Italy in two years. Much has changed, for obvious reasons, but some things haven’t, chief among them my long-held belief that these are some of the greatest sites in the world. Readers will find much to choose from in both 2018 and 2019, two very different vintages full of highlights. Although the top wines in this report are utterly breathtaking, Chianti Classico and Chianti also offer the consumer so many exceptional everyday values. (...)"  Vinous

    Now we invite you to the heart of Tuscany: On 4 pages you will find more than 50 exciting wines, besides countless great Chianti Classicos also e.g. the very highly rated new vintages of the icon wines Le Pergole Torte, Geremia, Fontalloro, Rancia, Vigna San Marcellino, Haiku and I Sodi di San Niccolò!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Excellent! | Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

    For the 18th 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, a total of 18,094 drops were tasted, of which over 3,300 wines from Italy alone. The Decanter was founded in London in 1975. The best-known authors, some of them Masters of Wine, write for the...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Wine from Alto Adige | Variety in the bottle

    The attraction of tradition Tradition, it is said, is not the worship of ashes, but the passing on of fire. It does not blindly repeat what has always been, but knows how to recognise the signs of the times and interpret them correctly with the power of centuries of knowledge. This is another reason why tradition is an important pillar of the South Tyrolean wine industry. It is based on...

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    GAMBERO ROSSO 2022 – Tre Bicchieri

    Since 1988, the most important Italian wine guide has provided an irreplaceable and annually updated reference work for all those who enjoy and intensively deal with the complex world of Italian wine. The imposing book with its many pages is the result of the excellent work of a team of over sixty tasters. These experts select the top wines of the Italian wine industry in countless blind...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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