ITALIAN WINE CLUB

APRIL 2021

WILDFLOWERS

It’s April! Again. Although many of us might still be feeling a bit Groundhog Day-like, Spring is here, again, damnit, and it’s bringing hope and lots of flowers. Italy has an unrivaled amount of picture perfect landscapes there is nothing dreamier to take in than its flowers in full blossom. This month, we bring you on a fun off-trail experience with four wines grown in close proximity to some of Italy’s most fabulous explosions of colorful floral bloom.

The Annesanti Grechetto is grown in the natural splendor of southern Umbria not far from Castelluccio, recognised as the best place in all Italy to witness a mass flower bloom. The spring transforms these fertile green hills into an endless rainbow that is worthy of a photography pilgrimage. Interestingly enough, this efflorescent display is mostly by the lenticchia plant aka lentils – who knew?

Punta Crena’s grapes cling to the epic terraced coastline of Liguria, just above the region dubbed the ‘Riviera of the Flowers.’ Parks and gardens are the feature destination in cities like Bordighera and Sanremo (the ‘City of Flowers’), but the real beauty lies in the coastal hikes that are positively peppered with wildflowers throughout April.

 

Franz Gojer is famous for his St. Magdalener wine grown near Bolzano. Just a bit further up into the Alps to the Northwest is the Val Venosa, famous for its apples. So when those endless rows of apple trees are all in bloom, this alpine valley is one of the most spectacular sites around. Not to mention one of the most intoxicating high mountain dreamscapes for the olfactories as well.

 

Sesti’s Sangiovese comes from some of the most renowned terroir in Italy, and few panoramas evoke the quintessential Italian countryside more than the bright yellow fields of sprawling sunflowers basking in the warm Tuscan sun. These iconic monsters waving in the breeze are found along the rambling backroads outside Montalcino and on up to Siena, a famously spectacular sight in summer months. 

 

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ANNESANTI 'FONTE FARRO'

GRECHETTO
Valnerina, Umbria, Italy, 2019

PUNTA CRENA
'VIGNETO CA’ DA RENA'

PIGATO
Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Liguria, Italy 2019

FRANZ GOJER
‘ST. MAGDALENER’

95% SCHIAVA + 5% LAGREIN
Glögglhof, Alto-Adige, Italy 2019

SESTI 'MONTELECCIO'

SANGIOVESE
Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2018
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