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Essential Winemakers of Italy

  • Villa Calcinaia

    The Wines… Underneath the surface of this Chianti Classico estate is a progressive winery on a mission...

  • The Mystique of Sciaranuova

    400 Words (Or So) On the Old Vines of Passopisciaro's "Contrada S"

  • Barbacàn

    The Wines… What could be more Italian than doing one thing supremely well? In the case of...

  • Abbazia di Novacella: Legend of the Alps

    Italy's Second Oldest Winery is Far From a Stodgy Place

  • Abbazia di Novacella

    The Wines… Italy’s second oldest and northernmost winery is perhaps the least Italian of them all. Look...

  • Badia a Coltibuono

    The Wines… Badia a Coltibuono has long been a leader in organic viticulture, beginning their conversion in...

  • Villa Russiz

    The Wines… In parts of northern Italy, the cultural influences of ancient empires still linger in unexpected...

  • Alois Lageder

    The Wines… Don’t be fooled by the sheer volume of wine produced by Alois Lageder. Yes, there...

  • Three Wines from Alois Lageder

    Battling Climate Change with a Bag of Tricks

  • Cardedu

    The Wines… Cardedu may be one of the most peculiar entries on my Essential Winemakers list. The...

  • Poderi Sanguineto I e II

    The Wines… The southern Tuscan town of Montepulciano ought to be among Italy’s best wine destinations. Montalcino...


    The Wines … Traditionally made Nebbiolo wines from one of Italy’s most fascinating and challenging appellations: Valtellina....

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