Strade Bianche - venturing along the side roads and dirt tracks of Italian wine.
Strade Bianche - venturing along the side roads and dirt tracks of Italian wine.

Strade Bianche - venturing along the side roads and dirt tracks of Italian wine.

£129.50

This mixed case is inspired by one of the worlds great road bike races, the Strade Bianche, which famously doesn't stick to tarmac but instead travels over more than 60km of the white gravel roads of Tuscany. This case similarly doesn't stick to the well travelled road and the well known destinations but explores some of the most exciting byways of Italian wine. 

White wines -

L'Archetipo, Fiano, Puglia, ItalyValentino Dibenedetto and his four children practice natural, no-till regenerative farming on their land in Puglia in the heel of Italy. Influenced by Masanubo Fukuoka and Rudolf Steiner, the aim is to protect soil health and structure, build a natural layer of Humus, enhance biodiversity and thereby produce fantastic grapes and beautiful, natural wines. As well as 25 hectares of vineyards the family farms around 35 hectares of ancient grains. This white wine is made from a local, Puglian Fiano clone 'Fiano Minutolo' which is more delicately floral, more mineral and saline than the 'Fiano d'Avelina' found in Campania and elsewhere in southern Italy. Bottled unfiltered and unfined, so naturally vegan, and with no additions other than a tiny amount of protective sulphur at bottling.
We'd suggest drinking it with Mediterranean vegetables grilled over charcoal.
Country - Italy
Region - Puglia
Variety / Blend - Fiano
Farming - Biodynamic
Vegan

Possa, Cinque Terre Amphora, LiguriaFrom the extraordinary coastal vineyards of Cinque Terre, using local varieties grown on sandstone and volcanic soils.
Heydi farms a handful of parcels mainly dotted around the village Riomaggiore. All are very poor soils, with vines planted on volcanic sandstone. His main parcel called ‘Possa’ is perched on a steep rocky slope that leads straight down to the sea. Here he farms 10+ varieties, and the vines are interplanted with 60+ varieties of herbs and loads of vegetables. Heydi keeps bees here as well, and the entire slope is an absolute haven for biodiversity. This vineyard requires a monorail tram to access the bottom parts as it is so steep. This wine also contains Albarola grown in ‘Volastra’ at 400m.
The grapes were destemmed and the wine fermented in amphora with
5 days of skin contact. After pressing it was transferred back to amphora where it finished fermentation and stayed on full lees until bottling in February. Unfined, unfiltered, unsulphured.
Aromas of honey and ripe cantaloupe. Dry but ample and round, a rich, velvety texture with a smokey edge and savoury, almost salty finish. Amazing with fish, fresh young cheeses, chargrilled veg.
Producer - Azienda Agricola Possa
Country - Italy
Region - Liguria
Appellation - Cinque Terre
Variety / Blend - 50% Bosco, 50% Albarola
Farming - Organic
Vegan, no added sulphites.

 

Rosé - 

Valdibella, Dhyana, SicilyValdibella are back with another banger..and it's good!
Dhyana, a word which is a state of one-pointed absorption in which there is a diminished awareness of the surroundings, the seventh limb of buddhism and the training of meditation.
While the Valdibella coop's main focus is on wine they embrace polyculture, partly to enhance biodiversity in their environment, and produce food - pasta, flour, almonds, oil and vegetables- with produce from their members.
This wine is produced from Perricone, a local varietal which produces this amazing colour from just a direct press. It is light with a savoury, spicy edge. Wonderful with seafood pasta or grilled vegetables, preferably dressed with some of Valdibella's wonderful olive oil.
Producer - Valdibella Coop
Country - Italy
Region - Sicily
Appellation - Sicily
Variety / Blend - Perricone
Farming - Organic
Vegan

 

Red - 

Andrea Occhipinti, Rosso Arcaico, Lazio, ItalyAndrea Occhipinti fell in love with the vineyards of Gradoli when he was at university nearby. Close by is Lago di Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe. Working with just local varieties, Aleatico and Grechetto, he makes wines that are pure and expressive of the grapes and unique combination of climate and volcanic soil. Rosso Arcaico is a wine obtained from maceration on the skins for 20 days and spontaneous fermentation with only indigenous yeasts in terracotta amphorae, without the use of chemical or oenological additives. After six months in terracotta it expresses aromas of apricot, incense, and bees wax, it is warming with menthol notes. Amazing with some grilled lamb or an aubergine pasta. 
Producer - Andrea Occhipinti
Country - Italy
Region - Lazio
Variety / Blend - Aeatico, Grechetto Rosso
Farming - Organic / Biodynamic
Vegan
Low Sulphates

Vigneti Tardis, Martedi, Paestum Rosso, Campania, ItalyJack Lewins, former sommelier and co owner of Leroy in Shoreditch and Bruno (Mr Aglianico) de Concilis are the two driving forces behind Vigneti Tardis. In a region famed for its big, powerful wines, they're using local varieties to make much more delicate, complex and subtle alternatives. Each of their wines is named after a day of the week and Martedi (Tuesday) is a red made from Aglianico. Full of black cherry, touches of spice, with delicate tannin structure, it is a great partner to food, maybe some risotto with wild mushrooms (or truffles if you can find - and afford - them!)
Producer - Vigneti Tardis
Country - Italy
Region - Campania
Appellation - Paestum, Cilento
Variety / Blend - Aglianico
Farming - Organic / Biodynamic
Vegan

Elisabetta Foradori, Teroldego Rotaliano, Trentino, Italy - Wine growing in Trentino Alto-Adige, up in the mountains of north east Italy, is dominated by cooperative wineries but a few families stand out and the Foradori family is certainly one of these. Elisabetta Foradori is also one of the world's leading biodynamic producers, a great ambassador for the region's wines and a champion of their local, indigenous grape varieties. This wine is made from Teroldego, a grape only know in this part of the world and one which in this case has produced a full bodied red, rich in dark fruit flavours but also with a refreshing light touch. Perfect with substantial "mountain" food like speck, mature cheeses, and canederli.
Producer - Elisabetta Foradori
Country - Italy
Region - Trentino
Appellation - Dolomite
Variety / Blend - Teroldego
Farming - Biodynamic
Vegan
Low Sulphates

This case contains one bottle of each of these wines. If any is out of stock or becomes unavailable it will be replaced by one of equal or greater value and deliciousness.