Do you know how many indigenous grapes there are in Italy?
It’s an insane number! There are more than 350 varieties.
After Bottiglie Aperte, it’s time to talk about another great fair.
On 16th and 17th of October, Autochtona 2017 took place in Bolzano. It was my first time at this fair.
Autochtona is very special because you can discover some interesting indigenous Italian grapes.
Now, I want to give you more details about the event and what my new delightful discoveries were.
Are you ready? Let’s start!
Hotel is a specialized fair for the hotel and catering industry, with 500 companies split in 6 different sectors: kitchen and table, interiors and decorations, building and renovating, wellness, management and communication and, last but not least, gastronomy.
There were more than 100 wineries with 300 different wines at Autochtona 2017. You could find both big and small wine producers.
Pallagrello, Freisa d’Asti, Rossese, Malvasia Puntinata, Uve del Tundè, Ucelùt, Famoso, Panzale and Marzemino are just some of the grapes that you could taste in Autochtona 2017. How many of them do you know? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Pierluigi Gorgoni, curator of the event, defined Autochtona as “A trip between the Italian cities, discovering very rooted, but not so well-known, wines “.
Autochtona was the ideal context to taste wines and share opinions, thinking about the great biodiversity that indigenous grapes can give.
Why are the indigenous grapes so important? Attilio Scienza, a famous professor in viticulture, and Donato Lanati, a well-known winemaker, declared that indigenous grapes react better to the climatic change. Their DNA is very complex meaning that the grapes can adapt themselves to the change. I’ve already told you in the interview with Fabio Gallo that the climatic change is a worldwide problem for vine-growers. Unfortunately, there isn’t yet a solution for it.
A committee of 8 journalists awarded the 6 most representative wines of the fair.
The winners were:
- Dolcetto di Diano D’Alba DOCG Sorì Costa Fiore 2016 of Claudio Alario for “Best Red Wine“;
- Lirico Monferrato DOC Chiaretto 2016 of Cascina Gilli for “Best Rosé Wine“;
- Picolit DOCG Colli Orientali del Friuli 2013 of Aquila del Torre for “Best Sweet Wine“;
- Lambrusco di Modena DOC Rosé Spumante Brut Metodo Classico 2013 of Cantina della Volta for “Best Sparkling Wine“;
- Maturano IGT del Frusinate Arcaro 2016 of D.S. Bio for “Best White Wine“;
- Dilì Moscato Giallo IGT Veneto Vino Frizzante 2016 of Maeli for “Special Terroir“.
You can discover the wineries list by clicking on the link below!Click here to download the wineries list of Autochtona 2017
I want to share with you the 5 new wines that I discovered during Autochtona 2017. By the way, this is not a rank list!
Oasi Bianco 2016 – Aquila del Torre
The grape is Picolit, but this isn’t a sweet wine. The color is pale yellow. It’s fresh and sapid, with notes of spring flowers, citrus fruits, almond and a hint of balsamic. The finish is very long.
Bianco Infinito 2015 – Maeli
Produced of 100% Moscato Giallo, which gives this wine a pale yellow color. On the nose, you can recognize lemon, peach, magnolia and other aromatic herbs. The entry in the mouth is soft but on the finish, the wine shows its great saltiness, obtained from the soil. Bianco Infinito is very complex and pleasant.
L’Artigianale 2015 – El Citera
It’s the only wine produced by El Citera. The grape is Turbiana. L’Artigianale has a golden yellow color. Citrus fruits, almond and apple are some of the notes that you can recognize. The wine has a good acidity and saltiness.
Zibbo 2016 – Cantina Canneddu
Produced from Cannonau grapes, it has a dark ruby-red color. Smelling it, you can recognize licorice, spices and red berries. It’s fresh and mouth filling, with a long finish. The tannins are elegant.
Delissia 2016 – Cantina Canneddu
Delissia is produced from granatza grapes. Some hours of maceration on the skins give a golden yellow color to this wine. The nose is very intriguing, with notes of white-fleshed fruits and honey. The acidity is very high.
See you on 15th and 16th of October 2018
Autochtona 2017 has been a cool event and I cannot wait one year for the next edition!
I’ve shared with you the new delightful discoveries but there were also a lot of wines that I knew very well. It’s always a pleasure to taste them again.
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