Hi you wine freaks,
This time, not so RIESsearchING because:
I travelled back to Italy for holiday and could of course not resist going on a winery visit.
I was in the wrong neighborhood for Riesling.
But I went to some very impressive wineries!
I stayed in a bed and breakfast of a winery close to Verona.
It’s a beautiful domain 400 years ago, it was a farm and where the winery is now, was the horse stable.
You can still envision it a little. The winery works totally biodynamic. They do not utilize any chemicals, not even sulfur dioxide to preserve the wine.
Because the winery is a protected building there is nothing permanently build, all vats and bottling equipment is on wheels so it is movable.
They have some stainless steel tanks for the rose and white wines and concrete for the red wines. Concrete is a better isolater and keeps the temperature stable for up to a week without temperature control.
All red wines are matured in French oak barrels, all half toasted.
They also execute an experiment in granite and marble containers.
I’m rather curious how that will turn out. They perform this experiment because the vines are grown on soils that contain marble and granite.
They also have 2 concrete eggs, these are exclusively used when there is a problem with the wine. After 2 weeks the wine can go back in a new vat and it is cured of whatever the problem was.
There’s an air bubble in the egg that keeps on moving and so the wine keeps moving.
In the winery they also keep bio cow manure to fertilize the vineyards.
The odd thing is it does not smell as cow phoo to me. It did not hold a scent.
Outside you have the stalk remover and 4 hugh stainless steel tanks. These are the temperature controlled presses. They press very slowly and soft so you don’t squeeze the hell out of them.
So their red wines have very mild, delicate tannin, they are present, but are very soft and integrated in the wine in the wine I tasted was a Valpollicella Superiore DOCG from 2014 with so much taste but so delicate almost like a Pinot noir!
So they make a range from a delicate white, rose, Valpolicella to Amarone. But all with the Bio lable.
As well, I went to Sandro de Bruno a winery 30 minutes drive from Musella near the village of Soave.
And I got to the only winery that’s left on the islands of Venice, Venissa located on Marzobbo Island. Next to Burano.
Also the weather in Northern Italy was wonderfully 20°C very sunny and a nice breeze.
For more info about Musella: http://www.musella.it/it/
The other wineries are for the next RIESsearchING!
See you guys then!