Friday, April 20, 2012
The Thrill of Discovery
More vintners are becoming focused on advanced farming and production techniques in the interest of quality. Particularly in the areas surrounding Mount Etna where Nerello Mascalese is king, wine producers are employing practices that would have been unthinkable just a generation ago. And the wines are beginning to find an audience abroad, a key factor to convincing others to follow suit. It’s an evolving mindset which is allowing growers and producers to look further downfield in their pursuit of innovation.
Our host was the charming Antonio Caravaglio, a local vintner who had undertaken a bold experiment. Salina is renowned for wines produced from the Malvasia grape, which are nearly always honeyed, concentrated dessert wines. Antonio was convinced that a brilliant and refreshing dry white wine was possible if farmed and produced the right way. Nearly three hours and a buffet of local seafood later, no one at the table needed further convincing.
It’s innovative thinking like Antonio’s vision of a dry Malvasia that promises to move Sicily and its sister islands forward in the wine world. Between serious investment and old-fashioned creative thinking, we suspect you’re going to be hearing a lot more buzz about what’s going on in the southern reaches of Italy.