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 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