Fornovo Taro, Parma
This is a wine festival I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time. To make it happen we had to skip the Merano Wine Festival. I'm still sad about this fact, but not sad that we had this wonderful experience here at Fornovo. I have to say that the quality of wines that I tasted here were really really high end for natural uncontaminated wines.
There were only 2 that I didn’t like at all, no names named here.
Vini di Vignaioli is very casual. White plastic tables topped with very naturally made wines, poured by very genuine people. I enjoyed meeting all the wine makers and tasting some pure nectar of the gods. Nothing fancy here, but it was fun.
The following are all 75, I repeat 75, unique and authentic wines that I tasted at Vini di Vignaioli. 75 is a lot of wines tasted in one afternoon. Usually I arrive at 40-60 and my palate is exhausted, but with these wines I managed to taste more. As you will notice there are quite a few stars scattered about.
We tasted mostly the wines that are missing in the Vinosofia selection, though we would have liked to have tasted them all. The order is not the order in which we tasted the wines, I have just re-ordered them according to region and photos.
One thing that was seriously lacking at this tasting was a guidebook and organization in the table set up. I found it to be quite random.
Graziano waiting for
the doors to open
what a great spittoon!
The Scene at Vini di Vignaioli
Friuli Venezia Giulia
First Stop, at I Clivi with
Vignaiolo Mauro Zanusso
Azienda Agricola I Clivi,
Corno di Rosazzo UD
beautiful classic labels
1. Ribolla Gialla 2013 ★★
2. Friuliano 2013★★
3. Malvasia 2013 * (half star)
4. Verduzzo 2013 ★★like PEZ candy
5. Clivi Galea 2012 ★★
6. Clivi Brazan 2012★★
I Clivi bottlings, classic and gorgeous
Loris Follador of Case Coste Piane
Azienda Agricola Case Coste Piane, Valdobbiadene TV
1. Prosecco★ our house Prosecco at Vinosofia
Lots of empty bottles in front of these gentlemen!
arrived just in time for the 3rd chunk of this
fresh and fantastic Parmesan
Michele Loda of Az. Agr. Il Pendio
Azienda Agricola Il Pendio, Monticelli Brusati BS
1. Il Contestatore Pas Dose, 2009 100% Chardonnay ★★
2. Blanc de Noir pas dose 2010 ★★
Later we also tried their reds, though no notes were taken, my writing skills had faded.
Il Pendio Rossi
Many interesting characters at this event
The 1st Gewürztraminer on the left
was absolutely beautiful!
Stéphane Bannwarth, Obermorschwihr, France
1. Pinot Gris, 2012 from their Vins “Nature” bottlings nice,
but served too warm
2. Pinot Gris 2009 from their Vins “Nature” bottlings ★★
3. Gewurztraminer 2011 from their Vins “Nature” bottlings ★★★ excellent, very fruity floral, beautiful!
Qvevri, named after the appellation, these wines are unfiltered and have no sulfites.
4. Qvevri 2012 Riesling, like having stones in you mouth
5. Qvevri 2011 Riesling, gasoline & stones
6. Qvevri 2011 Gewurztraminer smoky, very particular★★
7. Qvevri 2012 Gewürztraminer ★
Mr. Bannwarth holding my favorite Gewürztraminer
all kinds of fresh chilli's
Carlo Venturini of Monte Dall'Ora
che bel vino!
Azienda Agricola Monte Dall’Ora, Castelrotto di San Piein Cariano VE
1. Valpolicella 2013 Saseti ★★
2. Camporenzo 2012 cru Valpolicella classico sup. ★★
3. Sausto Ripasso 2010 smoky finish, bello ★★
4. Amarone 2009 ★★★
5. Sant’Ulderico 2010 Recioto del Valpolicella ★★★
one man show Mr. Aldo Viola
Azienda Agricola Aldo Viola, Alcamo, Trapani
1. Egest, 2012, Grillo, ok
2. Guarini 2012 Syrah
3. Shiva 2010 Nero D’Avola & Syrah ★
You wanna a glass of biodynamic Sagrantino right?
Local boy Diego Calcabrina enjoying the show