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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Monday, January 7 2019

An Italian Adventure Series

By: Anthony Gismondi
Bolzano to Bari

With so many new wine regions and sub-regions proclaiming the virtues of their terroir and wines daily we wanted to step back from the noise for a bit and look at how older, established wine regions are coping with the 24/7 competition and the change it drives.

We decided Italy would be a good place to start since as fashionable as the Italians are, change is never a revolution but more often an evolution. In fact, in the Old World, centuries of tradition can weigh heavily on the next generation, but the blend of transferring gained knowledge with modern techniques is proving a winning combination for them as they settle into their new roles of decisionmakers.

We travelled from the town of Bolzano, nestled in the Dolomites in the far north of Italy to the seaside town of Bari in the far south, to assess the current state of Italian wine. What we found was a compelling story of passion, dedication, hope and, yes, change, with wineries whose history has spanned generations and hundreds of years of working the land. We learned a lot. We talked of transhumance and comets, pergolas and ancestral grape varieties, the Romans and Greeks, climate change, architecture, caterpillars, food, olive oil and, of course, wine. We visited ancient castles and modern wineries, wondered how the former stood the test of time and how the latter would. It’s what wine is all about and what we are about at Gismondi on Wine. It is an adventure from Bolzanp to Bari that we can't wait to share with you.

Episode 1:  Alto Adige - Alois Lageder

Episode 2:  Chianti Classico - Antinori nel Chianti Classico

Episode 3:  Puglia - Tormaresca

Episode 4:  Umbria - Castello della Sala

Episode 5:  Bolgheri - Guado al Tasso

Episode 6:  Montalcino - Pian delle Vigne

Episode 7:  Montalcino - Luce della Vite

Episode 8:  Tuscany - Tignanello

Written By: ag
Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.