Slow Food was established by Carlo Petrini. The principles are ‘good, clean and fair’.

Slow Wine encompasses more than 50 Italian artisan producers reflecting the whole country – Alto Adige to Sicily – and many from Piedmont and Tuscany

Re-cultivating obscure, indigenous varieties is a Europe wide trend. 

Ancient varieties in Italy include Anas-cetta, a tropical fruit flavoured, spicy white from Elvio Cogno in Piedmont. The Refosco grape makes a stylish red blend with Merlot in Friuli Venezia Giulia from Davino Meroi. Aromatic Aleatico makes delicious, unfortified sweet wine from the bird-loving Acquabona family on the island of Elba

Made with 100% Sangiovese, an outstanding Brunello di Montalcino from romantically named Il Paradiso di Manfredo is available from UK merchant, Les Caves de Pyrene. Top quality single varietal wines, white Nosiola and red Teroldego from Foradori in Trentino are also from Les Caves. 

There is an English language version of the iPhone app of the Slow Wine GuideSlow Wine adopts a different approach to wine criticism considering ethical and environmental attitudes as well as taste and value for money. 

One of the world’s top wine writers, Jancis Robinson MW has just published a new book, Wine Grapes, co-authored by Julia Harding MW and José Vouillamoz. There are 1,368 varieties in the book. To buy, see here

(photo – Jason Hargrove / Flickr Creative Common)

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