Regions

The Regions of Our Producers – we are happy to share with you a little info on the wonderful regions our producers represent so brilliantly.

Monferrato – Nord Astigiano

North-East Italy, Piemonte Region

Northern area of the Asti Monferrato where the hills are highest. Here the steeper and drier soils are calcareous with more lime and clay. As a result the wines tend to be richer in body and colour, with good ageing potential. Famed for its Berbera d’Asti, Albugnano DOC made with Nebbiolo and the sweet bubbly red Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco. The area also grows Freisa, Dolcetto, Bonarda Piemontese and fresh flavourful whites made from Arneis, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

More info @ Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato

Valcalepio

North-Central Italy, Lombardy Region

Area east of Milan surrounding the city of Bergamo which in Roman times was already known for its wines.  The origin of the word means Good Earth.  The area is comprised of many fertile hills facing the plains to the south and lakes to the north and east. This helps keep the climate moderate and ideal for growing quality grapes. The terroir is divided into two main areas: schist-clay west of Bergamo and clay-chalk to the east of the city. In the 1970’s when the area reached DOC status it refocused on quality.  It is known for complex and ageable Valacalepio reds (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) and for its red sweet Moscato di Scanzo passito wine.

More info @ Consorzio Tutela Valcalepio

Oltrepò Pavese

North-Central Italy, Lombardy Region

Area south of Milan on the hills facing the river Po, Italy’s largest. It borders Piemonte. The terroir is mostly composed of limestone-clay soils.  Wine is the main product of this region which was famous for wine production since Roman times.  Before phylloxera the area had 225 native grape varieties and still today offers a large selection of wines and wine styles. It is famous for quality traditional method sparkling wines and the vivacious red Bonarda made with the local grape variety Croatina.  It also produces many whites such as Riesling, Malvasia, Moscato, Cortese and white frizzante versions of Pinot Nero.  It has age-worthy reds such as Buttafuoco, Barbera and Pinot Nero.  The area is made up of small short valleys each with its distinct terroir.

The Oltrepò emblem is the “dancing joker” – dancing because it is in the process of pressing the grapes.  It symbolises joy and fortune. 

More info @ Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò

Franciacorta

North-Central Italy, Lombardy Region

East of Milan, between the cities of Bergamo and Brescia. It is a hilly amphitheater-shaped area just south of Lake Iseo which keeps the climate mild throughout the year.  The region has always been famous for wine making which was expanded before the year 1000 by the many monastic courts residing here. Since the 1960’s it underwent a wine renaissance and from the 1990’s when it obtained DOCG status it has become focused on traditional method sparkling excellence. The DOCG rules are very strict and require manual harvesting and mandate more sustainable growing methods. The area has various styles of soils, each imparting a different character to the wine.

More info @ Consorzio Franciacorta

Sudtirol

North-West Italy, Sudtirol Region

Northern-most wine making region of Italy, just south of Austria.  It enjoys an Alpine-Mediterranean climate with lots of sun and large temperature swings.  This region produces top quality wines that are fresh and elegant.  It has 20 grape varieties of which two are indigenous – Lagrein and Schiava. The rest are a mix of French and German varietals.  More than 50% of the production is white wines of which Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay are the main ones.  Gewurtztraminer has historically been very important in this area.  Specific areas of Sudtirol also produce quality Sauvignon Blanc. Besides the dominant local reds Schiava and Lagrein, Sudtirol produces very interesting Pinot Nero. Sudtirol has different soil types and micro-climates. Grapes are grown from 200 to 950 m above sea level, often on steep slopes (the frost resistant Kerner does best at higher elevations). Sudtirol is known for its delicately oaked whites which have good ageing potential and complexity.

Sub-region – Sudtirol Terlaner

DOC area surrounding the town of Terlan focused mostly on whites. Here due to poorer soils that are drier and warmer the vines need to go deeper.  As a result the wines show an added complexity, minerality and great ageing potential.  Sauvignon Blanc from this area is an elegant example of this varietal.

More info @ Sudtirol Wein