2015 will be remembered as the year of the Italian record in wine production, because Italy has once again become the largest producer of wines in the world, surpassing France, which dropped to second place.
The result depended by the climatic conditions which favored Belpaese, however it is a good reason to celebrate this record by offering a wine tourism tour with visits to vineyards, cellars and tastings of the most prestigious wines.
A tour of this kind must have landmarks, a useful orientation for wine lovers such as for expert enologists; for this reason we relied on the ranking of the Best Italian Wine Awards 2015, awarded in Milan on September 21st.
The panel, composed of Luca Gardini, Andrea Grignaffini, Tim Atkin, Christy Canterbury, Raoul Salama, Daniele Cernilli, Pier Bergonzi and Antonio Paolini, has awarded 50 Italian wines from a selection of 300, blind tasted and rated: the result is a portrait of Italy with some regions in the foreground, Piedmont and Tuscany especially.
We offer you some ideas for visiting these destinations and arrange a trip full of heady fragrances.
Piedmont, the land of Barolo
On the BIWA 2015 podium there are two wines from Piedmont, the Monprivato Barolo DOCG 2010 by Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio, ranked first, and then the Brunate Barolo DOCG 2011 by Giuseppe Rinaldi, ranked second.
Barolo is one of the finest wines in Italy, just remember that the area where it is produced – the Langhe – is part of the wine landscape proclaimed World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The rich floral scent and red garnet color make it a wine that is a pleasure to taste even without any combination with other foods, although it is used in some popular Piedmonts recipes like beef braised in Barolo.
If you are wondering how to organize a wine tour in Barolo land, you can find help at Piemonte On Wine, an institutional service designed just for wine tourists, for the experts and the journalist who deals with wine.
You can find addresses, contact details and the characteristics of each wine cellar of southern Piedmont online, checking the information about the area, the differences of the various types of wines and contact the wineries that offer tasting tours also in English, a very useful service for foreign travelers.
Moreover, relying on this website, tourists can buy wines directly from producers, a win-win solution that allows you to get in touch with who manages the vineyards and knows better than anyone the properties of the wines.
This is the website of the project: www.piemonteonwine.it.
Tuscany, the irresistible allure of endless vineyards
Duemani – Costa Toscana IGP Cabernet Franc is the third best wine of Italy in the BIWA 2015 ranking and gives us the chance to promote Tuscany. The Cabernet Franc is a grape variety that hailing from France and only in recent years has been widely grown in Tuscany, especially in the area of Bolgheri and Maremma.
Duemani vineyard is born on a hill surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub, on a clay soil and exposed to strong breezes that allow a slow maturation of the grapes.
The wine selected for BIWA is excellent along with meat dishes like duck breast with black truffle and we suggest it as an alternative to the most famous Tuscan wines because it fully expresses the beauty and uniqueness of this territory, that part of Tuscany wild and untamable, cozy with people who have good taste and curiosity about the world.
The idea of Elena Celli and Luca D’Attoma, the founders of Duemani, is to follow the biodynamic principles to cultivate their own grapes, offering not only a great product, but also the exciting result of a refined harmony with the nature.
Each trip may give astonishment, magic, and enchantment that makes us feel special, but just a few places, such as those suggested in this itinerary, can boast traits so peculiar as not to be imitated.
BIWA 2015, credits: Corriere della Sera.