An Extensive Choice of Natural Wines in Tasting at Officine Farneto.
A winemaking that respects the environment and health, but always of high quality, can only be welcomed. The wines produced by the winemakers belonging to the Vinnatur association are a clear example of this. And we have had proof during the event held in Rome last Feb. 23/24th , which proposed more than 90 wineyards to the attention of fans of good drinking.
To be part of this association, producers must adhere to a strict disciplinary that sets, for example, the objective of eliminating (or, in some limited cases, limiting as much as possible) the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the vineyard and commercial yeasts or other additives during vinification. Furthermore, they must undergo regular checks aimed at verifying the complete adherence to the principles imposed by the specification itself.
You can download HERE the Pdf with the complete specifications.
A notable influx of public has confirmed the interest in these issues and certainly made satisfaction to producers who have chosen the road, more difficult and tiring, but certainly more rewarding and ethically correct, of natural winemaking.
To get an idea of the quality level, and if this were therefore worthy of appearing in a Magazine dedicated exclusively to Excellence, we wanted to taste random samples, that could be the symbolic expressions of different regions of origin.
We must say that, at least in our opinion, the test has been greatly exceeded and we have met many really good wines, which can certainly compete with the “not” natural ones. In reality, if we had not known, nothing would have made us think that they were the result of a different philosophy from the one normally used.
As a corollary of the event, numerous seminars were held to investigate some of the themes of natural winemaking.
As always, when we mention the wines we have tested, we have no pretension to be exhaustive, especially when the producers present (and consequently the labels) are very numerous. However we like to inform our readers about what, to our taste, has been worth to taste.
We will start with some excellent French wines, among which we immediately report our “old acquaintance”, the Champagne Tarlant, whose winery in Oeuilly we had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago.
Another excellent Champagne, distributed by Arké is that of Christophe Lefèvre.
Also interesting are the wines of the Domaine de Courbissac, from Languedoc, among which we particularly appreciated L’Orange (Marsanne 70%, Muscat 15%, Grenache Gris 15%). Also in the Languedoc, excellent was the Audace (100% Cinsault) of Mas Zenitude. We also loved the different versions of Sauternes proposed by Chateaux Pascaud Villefranche from Barsac, not far from Bordeaux.
Back to Italy, we will mention the Vespaiò (60% Vespaiola, 40% Tai) produced by Il Moralizzatore in the Vicenza area.
Changing region, we move to Lazio, to Olevano Romano, to report the different declinations of Cesanese proposed by Riccardi Reale, with particular mention for the Collepazzo Reserve 2015.
Let’s go back to the north, in Piedmont, where we find Valli Unite: here we have tasted an excellent white, the Derthona (Timorasso) but also the Marmote (Croatina) and the Vighèt (Barbera).
In Tuscany instead we like to mention the wines of Casa Raia, a small company in Montalcino, and in particular the Brunello 2012. While in Umbria, those of Fongoli, including the Fracanton (Montefalco Sagrantino).
Going further south, we find the Campania wines of Il Cancelliere, among which the Nero Né -Taurasi (Aglianico DOCG 100%) stands out and finally, from Molise, we find another known company, of which we have already spoken HERE, and precisely Vinica , with its different variants of Tintilia del Molise, including the latest born Beat.
In conclusion, we repeat, the companies were very numerous and of course, we have not had the opportunity to evaluate them all, but given the level of those (randomly) tested we have no doubt that they too have proposed excellent wines and above all .. .. Natural ones!
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