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A board of wine tasters with international reputation and 12 wines from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Moldavia and Georgia

Sensorial and historical travel from Valle d’Aosta to the origin of the vine in Caucasus.
A tasting to discover the historical and enological connections between these areas.

Tenuta di Angoris – Cormons – 23rd May 2017

“In the occasion of the Spiule Chardonnay DOC FCO 2015 preview, this year we have organized a tasting, dedicated to some indigenous white grape varieties produced on the 45° parallel, starting from Valle d’Aosta and arriving in Georgia, the cradle of the vine.” – said Marta Locatelli, the owner of Tenuta di Angoris – “We chose for this tasting the wines produced from indigenous varieties, traditional in the countries of origin.”

After the meeting of  2015, focused on Chardonnays from the world vintage 2004, and meeting 2016 dedicated to the red indigenous varieties for aging, the topic of this year was the viticulture history connecting the local white grape varieties of the whole area from Caucasus to the Alps.

Before the tasting, Stefano Cosma, (professional wine taster, writer and historian of wine), explained the guideline, on which base the wines have been chosen. “An important fact, that pushed us towards these areas, up to Georgia, is the historical presence of viticulture and enological schools, which since the 1870 have been founded in Italian Kingdom and Austrian Empire: Alba (1881), Asti (1872), Conegliano (1876), San Michele all’Adige (1874), Parenzo (1875), without forget the smaller ones as Vipacco (1873), and on the other hand the Agriculture Society of Gorizia, founded in the remote 1765. These Schools shows that in this latitude have been produced the most appreciated wines in Europe, and here used to arrive the students and teachers from the remotest areas of the empire. Furthermore, even if the latitude is more or less the same, the land (3.500 km long) is certainly different: This fact didn’t restrain (since from the second half of XIX century in the area of Gorizia) the desire to experience the growing of the grape varieties as Aleatico, Mosler, Pinot grigio, Frontignan, Riesling, Alicante and Isabella (the mosts of this have been analised in the 1847), and in the 1872 in Cormons have been planted Carmenet, Gros-bi-dure and Gros-verdot from Bordeaux, Czerlienak from Dalmazia, Kadarka from Hungary and other varieties originaly from Rhine, Pidmont or Istria.  Showing not only the vocation for viticulture of this land, but also a deep interest of the human in this kind of knowledge. Also the fact that the wine fairs developed in the same period, and in the Trieste fair in 1888 were presented the most important wines produced in the empire, shows the huge interest that the noble families had for this agricultural product”. Also the family Locatelli did bring their wines from Angoris in the Trieste Fair in 1887, receiving awards.

Important mention, read by Cosma in one Romanian book dated 1962, which reports a note of the doctor of Doge Loredan, who in the 1502 visited the famous wine area Cotnari (Moldavia) and from here on December the 7th of the same year wrote to his family in Venice: “in August and in September, here have been produced wines of the same sort as in Friuli.

“The fact that the two wines on tasting  (Friulano and Ribolla Gialla) were the most appreciated, confirms that Friuli Venezia Giulia region remains the reference point for the white wines production. While the historical data introduced, show that this region have ever been an area of study and experiments, that did bring through centuries to the respect and development of the grape varieties and of the terroir”, concluded Marta Locatelli.

This is the order of the white wines on tasting: Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2015 DOC Valle d’Aosta (Cave Mont Blanc De Morgex et la Salle Soc. Coop. a Morgex – Ao), Roero Arneis 2015 DOCG (Vietti Srl a Castiglione Falletto – CN), Nosiola IGT (Az. Agr. Pojer e Sandri di Faedo – TN), Friulano 2015 DOC Friuli Colli Orientali (Tenuta di Angoris), Ribolla Gialla DOC Collio 2015 (Carlo di Pradis a Cormons), Zelen 2015 Vipavska Dolina (Vinska Klet Guerila a Ajdovščina – SLO), Žlahtina 2015 (Vinogorje Krk di P.Z. Vrbnik a Vrbnik – HR), Grasӑ De Cotnari 2015 DOC C.T. (Cotnari a Castel Vladoianu – RO), Aligotè DOC Podgoria Sarica Niculiţel (La Sapata a Loc. Somova Jud. Tulcea – RO), Feteaska Albӑ 2014 (Purcari Chateaux a Purcari – MD), Tsinandali 2015 (Binekhi a Tbilisi – GE) e Tsinandali 2013 (Badagoni a Village Zemo Khodasheni – GE).

The tasting board included Marta Locatelli, master of the house, Alessandro Dal Zovo, enologist and tecnical director of the winery, Stefano Cosma, Michael Loos (designer of international reputation, who has collaborated in many projects, related to the promotion of Italian wines and manager of the enological section in Vanity Fair), Gianni Ottogalli (Associazione Italiana Sommelier Friuli and manager of Guida Gambero Rosso for Friuli), Mario Busso (creator and manager of the Guida Vinibuoni d’Italia), Carlo Petrussi (agronomist and researcher of the viticulture and enology culture in Friuli), Bepi Pucciarelli (professional taster, journalist and a great expert of the enogastronomical culture), Adriano Del Fabro (agricultural engineer and agricultural journalist) and Gianluca Castellano (professional sommelier and maître of the restaurant “Agli Amici”).

The programm developed in three important moments: morning tasting in the winery and lesson of ampelography with professor Carlo Petrussi, aperitiv in the agriculture school l’Istituto Agrario Brignoli in Gradisca d’Isonzo (here has been introduced to the guests the project “Emopoli”: The sparkling wine traditional method, that the students of enology and of viticulture produce since 2012, with the collaboration of Tenuta di Angoris) and a lunch in the Villa Locatelli.

 

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