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Admirable and genuine Italian pinot grigio made from clean healthy fruit. There are a lot of mediocre examples of this grape on the market, but this is the real deal!
Product Code: IT27131
Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy’s main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border. The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from northerly winds and have a more continental climate. They sit at altitudes of between 330 and 1200 metres on soils that were once beneath the ocean, so marl and sandstone predominate. The Collio Goriziano vineyards enjoy slightly greater influence from the Adriatic to the south, though the cool air draining from the higher ground in the north plays its part, and the vineyards sit upon the many steep slopes in this hilly country.Pinot grigio was an early success here and is still widely made, but chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot bianco have joined local varieties like tocai fiuliano, picolit and verduzzo in producing some of Italy’s freshest and most interesting white wines. Local varieties like schioppetino and refosco have struggled to find an audience outside of the region in the past though this is changing, and some Bordeaux blends from the Grave region of free draining alluvial soils are making people sit up and take notice.Trentino-Alto Adige was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and in the northern parts of the province (Alto Adige) German is still widely spoken. Indeed, the architecture, food and customs owe much to their Teutonic roots and there are elements that remain in the vineyards that echo a Germanic past. Riesling is planted here and the village of Tramin gave its name to the gewürztraminer grape which is now so widely planted in another region with Germanic influences, Alsace. To reinforce that comparison, sylvaner, muscat, müller-thurgau and pinot gris (grigio) are also to be found here. Alto Adige is also known as the Süd-Tyrol (South Tyrol) and lies on the border with Austria and is Italy’s most northerly wine region. Here the vines grow in the foothills of the Alps, on the lower slopes along the Adige Valley. Altitudes vary between 200 and 1000 metres. White wines made the reputation of the region for their lively, fresh purity but reds are grown here too. Schiava and the burlier lagrein are the indigenous varieties much used here, though bracing cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines are made from plantings that can struggle to ripen and escape some greenness. Some very fine pinot noir wines are having an impact for their high-class and poise.The Veneto is something of a vinous bread basket. The soils are fertile, which is not usually propitious for fine wine production, and officially permitted yields are unacceptably high. The region produces enormous quantities of everyday wines for exporting and blending but also embraces the Valpolicella region where the jewel in the crown is Valpolicella Amarone, the sweetly rich, full-bodied expression of semi-dried corvina and rondinella grapes that is sought after the world over. Though bulk production, particularly through large and highly-efficient co-operatives, is still prevalent the improvements in winemaking and viticulture are clear, and there are many producers in formerly workaday DOCs like Valpolicella and Soave who are turning their corvina, rondinella, garganega and trebbiano di lugana (turbiano) grapes into vinous gems. Prosecco is also produced here from the glera grape in the hills around Conigliano almost due north of Venice, and is something of a worldwide phenomenon in terms of sales volume. As ever, there is a lot of basic fizz but the producers who take a little more care in vineyards and wineries are making delicious bubblies at all price levels.
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"Simple, but well balanced, light and refreshing. Salad leaves and a touch of citrus. This isn't a style I go for, but I'd buy this again for those who do."
Mr Tim Shickle (25-Aug-2019)
"Normally, I wouldn’t touch Pinot Grigio with a barge pole, based on supermarket purchases. As described by the Society’s summary, this is in a different league. Scent of gooseberry, light, not excessively dry, fruity. Very nice. "
Mr Chris Maude (26-Jul-2019)
"We enjoyed this with a quick haddock dinner. Absolutely lovely, blows all the rest away. As was said, “This is the real Deal”. Will definitely be ordering more. Absolutely recommended!"
Mr Julian Boyce (09-Jul-2019)
"The notes say - "There are a lot of mediocre examples of this grape on the market, but this is the real deal." Couldn't agree more - this is a very enjoyable PG."
Mr Roger G Dawber (06-Apr-2019)
"Very drinkable with pleasant light fruity flavour good on its own ,will be ordering for summer use ,should go well with salad dishes and fish.
John Portway ."
John D W Portway (08-Mar-2016)
"I found this to be very pleasant. Not sophisticated but easy drinking for week-day relief, and at £4.95 excellent value for money, particularly considering the vintage.
On the palate: light, lemony, with a hint of sherbet.
A new quaffable (with respect) 'House' favourite - will order again."
Mr Stephen Entecott (25-Feb-2016)
"Very disappointing, even for the price. Dull and watery - resembling cheap pinot grigio found in supermarkets. Will not buy again."
Mr Andrea Capodicasa (05-Apr-2015)
"Delicous and dry with aromas of green pear and green apple skins. Good with grilled chicken and avocado."
Dr Mark Carew (15-Jul-2013)
"Lovely light, dry white wine. Stood up well to stir fried/chilli/curried tuna."
Mr N Brian Hunt (24-Dec-2012)
"I'm not usually overly keen on Italian wines, but I really liked this one. Subtle and pleasant."
Dr Jenni Viitanen (10-Jul-2012)
"They say that the best pinot grigio comes from Fruili - it does and this selection is delicious."
Mr Patrick Mills (28-Sep-2011)
"Disappointing. As is often the case with Pinot Grigio I found this wine lacking flavour and character. The excellent Fruilano from the same producer (which is 20p cheaper) offers far more, as do both the Piemonte Cortese and the Society’s Verdicchio. If it must be Pinot Grigio, try Hilltop’s Goteoldal single vineyard example from Hungary instead."
Mr Ian Hardwick (23-May-2011)
"Unless the closure has changed in the last couple of weeks, this has a plastic cork - not a screw cap. But it is great value for money. Good acidity, and more Pinot Gris aromatics than you might expect from Italian Pinot Grigios. If you like real Pinot Gris, then go for it. This likely to become my "house white" for the next few months."
Dr Stephen Slatcher (27-Nov-2009)
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