18 Apr 2016

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 236: Loredana Vivera, Vivera Winery

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.

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11 Apr 2016

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 235: Francesco Buffi, Baricci

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

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14 Mar 2016

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 234: Patrick Sabate, Boërl & Kroff

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.

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6 Mar 2016

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 233: Hortense Idoine Manoncour, Château Figeac

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.

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23 Feb 2016

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 232: Sebastiano de Bartoli, Marco de Bartoli

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

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28 Jan 2016

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 231: Leon Bester, Napier Winey

Debra interviews Leon Bester of Napier Winery, based in Wellington, South Africa. They begin by discussing the unique points about South African wines and Wellington’s trendy status within the industry. They talk climate, grape varieties, winemaking style and aging strategies, along with the changes in the industry over the past few years, such as the barrel rooms and ridding the vineyards of viruses. Debra inquires on the specifics of Napier’s Red Medallion– coined the Latour of South Africa, and South Africa’s straddling of old and new world styles.

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