Small Italian wineries always promote their products even though they may sell most, if not all, their production locally.
Family owned wineries try to increase their sales through exports. Italian, like most other European wine-producing countries, like to drink their regional wines for a variety of reasons – local foods go best with local wines, local wines taste fresher than those imported, habit, cost, and people in most cases know the producer personally and place their trust in him/her.
Recently, small and medium-sized winery representatives from Piedmont Trentino, Veneto, Friuli and Tuscany were in Toronto to introduce or re-introduce their wines.
First, trade professionals and writers were treated to two seminars – Veneto and Franciacorta, Lombardy, both of which contained a tasting component.
The Veneto tasting offered several prosecco wines, one sparkling Bardolino, and a few still wines. Then Ricci Curbastro from Franciacorta, Lombardy, presented his wines.
Following these presentations, representatives of wineries from regions I mentioned above, poured their wines.
The following brands stood out from many I tasted, except prosecco wines which will be dealt with separately in another article.
Refosco dal Peduncullo, 2011, OMT, Friuli
Barbera d’Asti, 2013, Convento Cappucino, Piedmont
L’Albarossa, 2011, Convento Cappucino, Piedmont
Chianti Classico Riserva, Poggio di Grilli, Tuscany
Chianti Classico, 2013, Poggio al Sole, Tuscany
Chianti Classico, 2013, Vignole, Tuscany
Gran Selezionela Prima Chianti Classico, 2013, Castello Vicchimaggio Tuscany
Gran Selezione Chianti Classico, 2011, Castello Fonterutoli, Tuscany
Rosso VignaSantella del Grom, 2011, Curtefranca, Ricci Curbastro, Lombardy