Debra meets with Claudio Viberti of Viberti Giovanni winery located in Barolo, Italy. They discuss the various classifications in the region, including the meaning of Al Buon Padre, which sits on the Viberti Giovanni winery label and how it relates to their family restaurant and history. They muse about the meaning and terminology of Barolo and how it relates to the wine, town and area and why it is important to know the difference. Debra asks Claudio about the elevation of his vineyards and what effect it has on their wines both now and in the long long term – think 40 years in the bottle!( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra catches up with Loredana Vivera of Vivera winery, located in Sicily, Italy. Loredana explains that they have two domains – one near Mt Etna and the other in the village of Corleone. She discusses the beauty of the region and its wines, olives and produce, as well as the challenges of winemaking. They chat about the climate and environment of Sicily and the common conceptions most people have about Sicilian wines, and how the wines have really evolved over the past few years. Loredana explains how the grape variety Nerello Cappuccio got its name, and finishes by detailing what she feels are the biggest challenges of winemaking.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra meets with Francesco Buffi, of Baricci a prestigious winery located in Montalcino, Italy. They discuss the common problem that Brunello is considered as one wine, rather than allowing for the variations that exist across the Montalcino area, including soil conditions, microclimate and more, all producing wines of varying characteristics from south to north. He discusses qualities like alcohol, acidity, tannins and more and how each play out in the regional wines. They discuss Rosso di Montalcino, the role of nature in winemaking and the benefit of experience in this process, with Francesco explaining how much instinct goes into creating their wines( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra catches up with Patrick Sabate of Boërl & Kroff, one of the founder’s of one of the world’s rarest and most expensive Champagne. He details the fascinating history of this young property (initially intended as a sensory experience), as well as the success it has seen, its release to market, and the reasoning behind its magnum or larger bottling. They discuss the effect of the magnum format, plus other techniques they are exploring, like extended lees contact, along with the future for Boërl & Kroff.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra meets with Hortense Idoine Manoncourt of Château Figeac. the largest estate in Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux. Hortense explains the history of the property, along with her family’s history with it, before discussing the gravel of the property, why it is unique in the area and what effect it has on their grape growing and wine production. They talk about the superb 2015 vintage, with Hortense explaining why she is so proud of the harvest as well as why it will be such a great wine, and they finish off by discussing the oft-overlooked cabernet franc grape variety.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra catches up with Sebastiano de Bartoli of Marco de Bartoli a winery located in Sicily, Italy. Debra is particularly excited to discuss their production of Marsala – one of the traditional wines of the region, and also widely used and more often recognised as a cooking wine. They discuss other local techniques of the region, including the fortification of Marsala, the traditional drying techniques used to produce Pantelleria, as well as what the future for Marsala is.
Photos provided by Marco de Bartoli
Taken by Marilena Leta