Have you ever heard the term “artisanal wine”? Do you know what it means?
On 18th and 19th of February an important event about artisanal wines took place in Milan. The name of the event was Live Wine and this year it was in its 3rd edition. I took part in it on Sunday.
Now I want to tell you something more about Live Wine 2017, so next time you can take part in it too.
Are you ready? Let’s start!
There aren’t any regulations about artisanal wine production. Generally producers follow the next four guidelines:
- wine is produced and bottled personally by winemakers that follow every step from vineyard to cellar;
- vineyard of origin has not been treated with synthetic or chemical products;
- harvest of the grapes is manual;
- wine doesn’t contain additives that are not shown on the label.
It’s important to stress that all the fermentations happen spontaneously.
Another important point about artisanal wine is the adding of sulfites. They’re added only in minimal amounts.
Live Wine 2017
Live Wine is the most important artisanal wines event in Milan.
There you could find organic, biodynamical or natural wines with the previous characteristics that I listed for you. There were more than 170 artisanal wineries present from different countries, not only Italian!
Visitors had the opportunity to buy directly some bottles from the wineries. I really like events in which you have this opportunity. There was also a food area with typical and artisanal products.
The event took place in the Palazzo del Ghiaccio, a beautiful Liberty style building in Milan.
Palazzo del Ghiaccio was first built as an ice rink, one of biggest in Europe. During the Second World War, it was damaged by the air raids.
It was refurbished in 2007. Nowadays it’s the perfect location for many events in different fields (concerts, fashion shows, fairs, etc.).
You can discover wineries list by clicking on the link below!
The Guided Wine Tastings
There were four wine tastings guided by Samuel Cogliati and Giorgio Fogliani of Possibilia Editore.
The guided wine tastings included an initial theoretical introduction followed by the actual wine tasting.
The topics were: “The great South-West of France“, “Burgundy – Introduction to Côte d’Or“, “Red Etna – North side” and “Marsala as territory“.
Personally I participated in the last wine tasting. It was very interesting, even if I would have preferred one more interaction between public and speakers.
We did not directly debated the Marsala wine, but the territory as written in the name of the guided wine tasting. There are also other interesting wines in the Marsala region that are not very well known. The main grapes in this area are Grillo, Catarratto, Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese.
These are the seven wines that we tasted:
- Sparkling wine 2011, method traditional – DueDei;
- Terre Siciliane white IGP 2014 – Viteadovest;
- Terre Siciliane white IGP “Integer” 2015 – De Bartoli;
- Terre Siciliane red IGP 2014 – Viteadovest;
- Terre Siciliane Pignatello IGP 2013 – Barraco;
- White wine “AltoGrado” (oxidative not fortified) – Barraco;
- Marsala Superior Reserve 1987 – De Bartoli;
Live Wine Night
In addition to the fair, there was Live Wine Night. The two days of events, started with The Official Party on Friday night.
You could also get to know better the wines presented in the fair by meeting the winemakers in many restaurants, bars and wine shops in Milan.
A great success
The organizers Christine Cogez-Marzani and Lorenzo de’ Grassi have been impressed positively by the interest of the public, with over 4500 participants attending the event.
I had the pleasure to meet again some of the wonderful winemakers that I knew from the previous events such as Io Bevo Così Milano or Mercato dei vini FIVI, and new winemakers that I hope to meet again soon in the upcoming events. If you want to stay up-to-date with the next events, I suggest you join the Winery Lovers Club.
What’s your favorite artisanal wine? Let me know with a comment.
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