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Encounter with #storiedivino 15 Italian wine producers live on Facebook and Instagram.

Wine-lovers across the globe can now enjoy a virtual encounter with 15 top-ranked wine producers throughout Italy in a “virtual wine fair.” In place of the usual stands will be direct social-media encounters right from the wineries, vineyards, or desks of these wine producers in most of Italy’s regions. Anyone using social media can meet with them via the wineries’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

During these weeks, while almost all of us in the world are “sheltering in place” in our homes, spring has awakened the vines. In synch with the season, wine producers are looking resolutely towards the future. Each of them is ready to personally describe the wines that, following long months of maturation and bottle-ageing, are ready for their journey to the tables of consumers in all corners of the globe. Each bottle has a story of a growing year, and, behind that, the passion, beauty, and values classic to Eternal Italy.       

 

After they introduce their new vintages, the producers will be happy to engage in conversation with wine-lovers and wine sector professionals and to respond “live” to any questions they may have.  (Note: All times are CET-Central European Time)

Monday, 6 April: Ricasoli 1141 (IG 3pm), Tenuta di Ghizzano (FB 4pm), Pio Cesare 1881 (IG 6pm)

Tuesday, 7 April: Azienda Vitivinicola Passopisciaro (FB 4pm), Conte Vistarino (IG 4.30pm), San Leonardo (IG 5pm)

Wednesday, 8 April: Tenuta di Trinoro (4pm on Instagram under „passopisciaro_trinoro“), Tenute Silvio Nardi (FB 4.30pm), Castello di Querceto (FB 5pm), Fattoria Le Pupille (IG 5.30pm)

Thursday, 9 April: Ornellaia (FB 3pm), Antico Podere Gagliole (IG 3.30pm), Alliance Vinum (FB 4pm), Giodo (IG 4.30pm), Luce della Vite (IG 5pm)

Veneroso Terre di Pisa from Tenuta di Ghizzano

The “Tenuta di Ghizzano” (Ghizzano Estate) is one of the oldest farms in the area and also one of the most innovative. Today it is made up of about 350 hectares of which 20 dedicated to vines, 20 to olives, 150 hectares of cereal and the remaining 150 is made up of woods and poplar groves.

The family settled in Ghizzano towards the end of the 14th century. The winery and oli mill are both situated right next to the tower built in 1370 by Venerosi Pesciolini ancestors. Grapes and Olives, and the production of wine and oil, have been at the heart of family’s activities and have encompassed the whole of the Estate as it is today. Ghizzano is a small hilltop village, about 200m above sea level, not far from the Tuscan coast.. The landscape is gentle and the climate mild, thanks to the sea breeze, and without extreme temperatures or great risk of springtime frosts. The land has an interesting makeup.

We tasted: Veneroso doc Terre di Pisa 2015

Il Veneroso, the historical and most representative wine of the estate, was named after Veneroso Venerosi who was the first to dedicate his passion to the land and wine-making. The intuition and courage that Pierfrancesco showed in his ambitions for the Estate have been fully repaid over time.  This wine is produced by 70% Sangiovese e 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine has a ruby red, lively and bright color. We found notes of cherry and blackberry jam, mint, chocolate and tobacco blend on slightly spicy, mineral and smoked traces. It has rare complexity, excellent acidity and dense and very fine tannins. In the mouth has long persistence of ripe fruit, it is a full-bodied wine of great softness and elegance with a well supported shoulder.

Food pairing: It is a red wine that is enhanced with particularly seasoned meats, but also with a mushroom sauce and seasoned cheese.

 

Double anniversary for Tenuta di Ghizzano

30 years of Veneroso and 20 of Nambrot

 

An honours-filled history in its past and a present marked by celebrations: Tenuta di Ghizzano, one of the iconic producers of the Terre di Pisa zone, lies not far from the sea, amidst gentle hills which the Venerosi Pesciolini family’s watchtower has vigilantly guarded for centuries. Today, that estate is the birthplace of elegant wines that conjure up a Tuscany that is both refined and unexpected.

Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, following in the footsteps of her father, has transformed the family estate into a winemaking jewel that embraces history and its environment in perfect balance. This bio-ecosystem of 350 hectares, with 20 in vineyard, produces wines that are deeply rooted in their terroir. Two of them have become widely-hailed benchmarks: Veneroso, a wine that has written the history of the winery and that celebrates this year its 30th vintage, and Nambrot, a Bordeaux blend that is the fruit of a lengthy evolution over the span of its 20 vintages.

 

Veneroso saw the light of day in 1985, in the heroic, pioneering period of the emergence of the first Super Tuscans, and it quickly became the symbol of the excellence of the entire area. Today, it is a blend of Sangiovese with a tot of Cabernet Sauvignon, made from grapes from a number of parcels, whose south-southwest aspect and 180-metre elevation allow the grapes outstanding ripeness. The warm, well-balanced 2015 growing season produced a wine of obvious excellence for the 30th milestone.

Nambrot emerged in 1996, when the producer found that a cuvée of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot offered the finest expression of the power and warmth that characterised the estate’s terroir. Nambrot’s current 2016 vintage, reflecting a moderately-warm season, offers a refreshing crispness and magisterial complexity.

Both wines showcase enviable balance and thoroughgoing respect for the surrounding environment, the expression of vineyards that are both organically and biodynamically farmed (Demeter certification).

 

The Venerosi Pesciolini family is deservedly proud of this double birthday, and to celebrate it the bottles of Veneroso 2015 and Nambrot 2016 bear commemorative labels and their special boxes display the iconic image of the villa branded into the wood.

 

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The estate. The Venerosi Pesciolini family has owned Tenuta di Ghizzano since 1370. It lies in the village of Ghizzano, with an ancient watch-tower guarding from above. At its feet is an inviting, almost-magical Italian-style garden, while the winecellar lies below the foundations of the Villa, and the all-enfolding vineyards form Renaissance landscapes. Certified organic viticultural practices have made it a benchmark of sustainability, and Demeter certified it as biodynamic as well, in 2018. In addition to Veneroso and Nambrot, the estate produces Ghizzano Rosso and Ghizzano Bianco, the former a Sangiovese with a few drops of Merlot, the latter a classically white Tuscan blend of Vermentino, Trebbiano, and Malvasia Bianca. In accord with local tradition, Ghizzano also makes San Germano, a sweet Passito IGT, from old vines of Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca, and Colombana, and two styles of extravirgin olive oil.