In this last teaser instalment of what the upcoming Borsa Vini Italiani 2019 has to offer, we highlight the bounties of Sardinia and Sicily. Blessed with Mediterranean climates, oceanic influences and fertile soils, the isles of Italy are ideal for vine cultivation and wine making. Head down to Borsa Vini Italiani 2019 for a chance to sample top drops from these producers.
Located in the Mediterranean 150 miles west of the Italian coast, Sardinia’s warm climate, hilly terrain, volcanic soil, sunny dry climate and mollifying sea breezes are ideal for wine grape growing. Vermentino accounts for most of the premium whites. The island’s important red varieties are Cannonau, a relative of the Spanish Garnacha grape, and Carignano and Monica. On top of its 18 wines of DOC and DOCG classification, Sardinia has 15 IGTs, the most of any region.
At Borsa Vini: Alberto Loi
The Loi family’s wine producing history dates back to the ‘900s. Their estate is located in Ogliastra of Cardedu, near Jerzu, widely considered the homeland of Cannonau. The Cannonau DOC has long been their flagship wine, though they’ve since added to their portfolio wines of other native grapes such as Vermentino, Nasco, Moscato, Monica, Carignano, and Muristellu.
At Borsa Vini: Alberto Loi
Founded by Piero Mancini and currently helmed by two generations of Mancini, Cantina Delle Vigne Di Piero Mancini has always stood out for its innovative spirit combined with local traditions and research for high quality products. Their vineyards span 120 hectares across the Northeast of Sardinia in Gallura, cultivating Vermentino, Cannonau, Moscato, and other international varieties.
At Borsa Vini: Cantina Mulleri
Family-run Cantina Mulleri has been making wines for five generations, a tradition continued today as they produce niche wines that tell the story Sardinia’s blessed resources. Their production of around 40,000 bottles per annum is split across two styles: the DOC wines that showcase native Sardinian grapes; and IGT Chiaroscuro, melding Sardinian wines with international styles.
At Borsa Vini: Cantina Pedres
Having cultivated grapes since 1800s and providing them to other wineries, Cantina Pedres began bottling their own wines in 2002. Their vineyards are in the heart of Gallura, at 300m asl, where the terroir of granite and sandy soil, and sunny seasons gives low yield of high quality, complex and elegant wines. They produce Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Cannonau DOC and Moscate DOC.
At Borsa Vini: Cantine Pauli’s
Cantine Pauli’s history dates back to 1924 with the founding of Cantina Sociale di Monserrato, the first wine cooperative in Sardinia. Their vineyards cover 450 hectares cultivated with important native Sardinian grapes including Cannonau, Vermentino, Monica, Nuragus, Moscato and Nasco. With their new brand, Cantine Pauli’s, they are focussing on innovation and high quality wines.
At Borsa Vini: Tenute Pili
Carlo Pili, together with his wife Vitalia, founded Tenute Pili on the lands of Soleminis in the south of Sardinia, in 1938. Since the ‘70s, their children have inherited their valuable experience and carry on their art of vine cultivation and wine making. Within their yearly production of 350,000 bottles are wines of various styles and tastes dedicated to different markets and consumers.
At Borsa Vini: Tenute Soletta
Situated in the town of Codrongianos, Tenute Soletta is currently run by third generation owner Umberto Soletta. He is still cultivating a vineyard he planted with his dad and uncles when he was only five years old. Through the years, he has kept the family tradition alive: caring for the environment to maintain the native typology of the vineyard and making quality wine.
Once noted chiefly for strong and often sweet Marsala and Moscato wines, Sicily is now producing note-worthy dry, modern white and red wines. Under the Sicilia DOC, excellent dry white wines are made from native varieties such as Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia and Grecanico. Sicily’s fine red wines frequently come from indigenous grapes, most notably Nero d’Avola (or Calabrese), Nerello Mascalese, Frappato and Perricone (or Pignatello).
At Borsa Vini: Brandland
An Italian wine agency born to bridge top quality Italian wines to Asiatic markets, Brandland has in its portfolio more than 50 wineries that encompasses the richness and complexity of Italian wine production. Each wine region of Italy is represented, from the tiniest family-owned winery with peculiar mono-varietal grapes to well known DOCG wines from bigger estates.
At Borsa Vini: Caruso & Minini
Family-run Caruso & Minini boasts 120 hectares of vineyards in Trapani province, west Sicily. High hills of 450m asl are cultivated with white varieties while red grapes grow on the valley floor. Planted to the best combination of exposure, soil and climate, grapevines consist of native Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia, Nero d’Avola and Perricone; as well as international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot.
At Borsa Vini: Feudo Disisa
Stretching from the valleys of the Belice to the Jato in Monreale (a province of Palermo), the Feudo Disisa estate has belonged to the Di Lorenzo family for nearly 200 years. Combining ancient traditions with modern technology, and passion and expertise, Feudo Disisa produces a wide range of quality wine from native and international grape varieties, as well as olive oil.
At Borsa Vini: Firriato
Established in 1984 by Salvatore and Vinzia di Gaetano, Firriato is one of the largest quality wine producers in Sicily. Their 350 hectares of organically certified vineyards are spread across estates in Trapani, the westernmost province; on the small island of Favignana off Trapini’s coast; and on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna. Grapes from Sicily’s various soil types and climatic conditions allows them to create multidimensional wines.
This post was made in partnership with Italian Trade Agency.