Fancy a red wine? Most people would opt for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and after the movie Sideways… Pinot Noir.
Fancy a White? Then it’s Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and maybe Riesling. Let’s talk about the Autoctona wine fair!
Italy has got well over a thousand varieties and even though only a few hundreds are used to make wine commercially, it is still an amazing ocean.
Some people might be familiar with Sangiovese backbone of the majority of the Tuscan appellations like Chianti, Chianti Classico, Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and the one and only variety for Brunello di Montalcino.
Few know that Nebbiolo has a couple of nicknames when it grows at the footsteps of the Alps: here it’s Spanna or Chiavennasca from which come many more delicious wines like Gheme, Gattinara, Boca or Valtellina.
I think almost nobody know about the rare ones like Maturano from Lazio, Anascette from Langhe, Pallagrello from Campania or Cannaiolo bianco from Tuscany just to name a few.
To get to know Italian varieties, it could take over twenty years! But don’t feel overwhelmed, it will be a tasty journey.
The wine fair Autochtona in Bolzano is a perfect opportunity to try some of the rarest examples of these wines.
I have still a very clear picture of the minerality of a Freisà d’Asti Rosè, the intensity of a Maturano white from Lazio or the volcanic salt of ancestral bottle fermented Moscato giallo dei Colli Euganei!
Every year in Bolzano a group of colleagues select 100 producers which come to showcase over 300 wine for a true wine explorer trip.
Here are some photos of really interesting wines I discovered at the fair!