«On Tuesday, May 17th 2016 on occasion of Spìule Chardonnay DOC FCO 2014 preview, we organized a tasting dedicated to some native red vines, starting from pignolo, that is produced in the area of Colli Orientali del Friuli.” – Marta Locatelli, owner of Tenuta di Angoris, said – “In a historical moment in which the native red Friulian vines not only struggle to impose themselves on the market, but also see a reduction of their surface and production, it seemed forward-looking to make a reflection and a comparison between pignolo and other lesser-known Italian and international vines, but which often new, how to achieve a successful niche for themselves (from Nerello Mascalese dell’Etna to Sagrantino di Montefalco, from Portuguese Touriga Nacional to Nebbiolo’s of upper Piemonte).»

For the tasting, have been chosen wines produced from native grapes with characteristics similar to pignolo: important tannins, standing out acidity, necessity of long aging in wooden barrels, and that show a strong connection with the territory of origin.

Once the blind tasting of all the wines was finished, the guests expressed their considerations, and in conclusion it emerged that to protect and enhance these vines, and the wines they produce, there is a need to find them a precise Identity: the definition of this identity is the real priority in order to go from a simple “interest” to a product that can find its own path and the correct affirmation.

After last year’s meeting focused on Chardonnay, Tenuta di Angoris proposes itself, for the second following year, as a laboratory of debate on issues related to the link between some vines and their territory of origin and production, focusing its attention on the vineyard and its characteristics, leaving out fashions and influences dictated by the trends of the moment.

This is the order of the red wines tasted: Tannat 2014 (the only wine so young, of the Uruguayan winery Bodegas Castillo Viejo), Nero di Troia Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva DOC 2010 (winery Torrevento, Corato – BA), Pignolo 2010 (winery Dorigo, Premariacco), Graciano 2010 (Spanish winery Marquez de Grinon), Touriga Nacional DOC 2010 (Portoghese winery portoghese Quinta do Crasto), Ghemme DOCG 2010 (winery Torraccia del Piantavigna, Ghemme – NO), Mavrotragano PGI 2010 (Greek winery Sigalas, on the vulcanic island of Santorini), Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG 2009 (winery Antonelli, Montefalco – PG), Etna Rosso DOC 2009 (winery Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Randazzo – CT), Pignolo DOC FCO 2009 (Tenuta di Angoris), Susumaniello Rosso Valle d’Itria IGT 2009 (winery Tagaro, Locorotondo – BA) and Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano DOCG 2009 (winery Arnaldo Caprai, Montefalco – PG).

Along with Marta Locatelli, owner, Alessandro Dal Zovo (winemaker and technical director of the winery), and Alan Gaddi (export manager), the tasting was attended by some of the most important tasters recognized at international level: Pierpaolo Penco (educational manager in “Wine Business”, MIB Trieste School of Management), Stefania Belcecchi (Wine Ambassador and Wine writer), Elena Erlicher (managing editor of Civiltà del Bere), Giampaolo Gravina (wine writer and taster), Liliana Savioli (sommelier, journalist italiaatavola.net and guide ViniBuoni d’italia), Gianni Ottogalli (Italian Sommelier Friuli Venezia Giulia Association and manager of Gambero Rosso Guide for Friuli Venezia Giulia), Carlo Petrussi (agronomist and deep connoisseur of viticulture and oenology of Friuli Venezia Giulia), Michele Biscardi (manager of Italian Sommelier Foundation Friuli Venezia Giulia) and Paolo Ianna (coordinator of the Italy Wine Guide for Friuli Venezia Giulia).

The day developed in three particular moments: the ampelographic lecture by Professor Carlo Petrussi and the tasting in the company premises during the morning, the aperitif at the Zoff farm in Borgnano (to make known to the guests this important reality of our territory, which produces cheeses with organic certification, and grows alfalfa for its cattle on some Angoris fields) and the lunch at Villa Locatelli.

Watch the video of the event!