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Arconi Bianco, a reistant and sublime Sauvignon Kretos

Winter is the time of the year when we share our wines in events and contests, and gather food for thought.

In 2023 our Arconi Bianco has been awarded as one of the most representative Italian PIWI wines, showing that Sauvignon finds his home in Friuli.

The Kretos varietal is not exactly a typical grape of Friuli, matching its progenitor for as much as 10%, and has been developed thanks a research program at the University of Udine. Sauvignon Kretos, together with Sauvignon Rythos and Nepis represents Sauvignon resistant grape varieties.

Our Arconi is harvested at the Villacriccola vineyard in Pasiano (Pordenone). The training system is the traditional “Cappuccina” of Friuli, with a double arched guyot. This was one of our very first vineyards with resistant grape varieties back in 2018 when we first received official permission to start growing these grapes. Our main goal at the time was to mix the typical local wine production with these new sustainable varieties, showing that it is possible to make good and healthy wines following traditional agriculture with te addition of new grape vine shoots. Arconi Bianco is a wine of great structure thanks a six-month ageing in the lees, it is characterized by tropical fruit and grapefruit flavour with an almond aftertaste.

Arconi Bianco pairs perfectly with fish and white meat recipes, but is also pleasant as an aperitif. (cit. La Cantina di Fausto).

PIWI Wine-Tasting Event in Varese

AIS Lombardia and Sara Missaglia hosted a very interesting wine event in Varese, where Terre di Ger and Marcel Zanolari presented and discussed their wines side to side.

Marcel Zanolari’s wines are true works of art. He mixes biodynamic, ancient jars, and innovation in the vineyard, selecting rare varieties from Switzerland with the help of breeding-guru Valentin Blatter. On the other side of the table were Terre di Ger wines, coming from a territory devoted to wine-making and considered the cradle of wine-making innovation in Italy.

On one side Marcel’s expertise and his on going improvement of winemaking techniques, on the other side our very own Terre di Ger, trying to evolve the local tradition we all started from.

Sara did a great job: as a journalist and wine enthusiast she presented PIWI wines to the audience, described resistant grape varieties and their evolution after multiple breeding, and finally presented the wines of both wineries, describing their origin and all their scents and characteristics.

Robert Spinazzè has once again stated our strong belief in innovation as a necessary process in a Region where tradition has been so important till now. Terre di Ger tries to make consumers’ taste evolve, keeping an eye on the ethics of our work and on sustainability. We need to get rid of dogmas and make wines that represent our winery, so that we can be remembered for the wine we produce. This is Robert Spinazzè’s goal.

Luca Gonzato, who has been studying wines made from resistant grape varieties in Italy for many years, was a special guest and discussed with us many innovations in this field. We discussed past and present research on these wines, also considering what the future will bring.

Umberto Rosanelli, ONAV instructor, has highlighted the qualitative gap between wines obtained from white grape varieties and those obtained from red grape varieties: the former ones are the result of a longer experimental phase in the nursery, followed by an earlier production in the Alps, where the terroir is not ideal for growing red grape varieties. In general, Umberto added, the quality of wines obtained from resistant grape varieties has been improving a lot, and the range of different products has also expanded.

Marketing is also important and the knowledge about this wines needs to be spread among the general public. That’s exactly what these events are helping to achieve, also thanks to the work of experts such as Sara Missaglia, Luca Gonzato and Umberto Rosanelli.

Gilbert & Gaillard Awards

Summer is the time for wine guides and contests awards. These are important moments for our winery, when we can challenge ourselves and get an idea our wines’ quality.

Gilbert&Gaillard International Challenge for registered wines is a good example.

Our winery is already well known for PIWI wines, but we’re still located in a territory where traditional grape varieties are widely recognized for their oenological quality.

All our three classic red wines, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Refosco have received a Golden Medal Award. The same award has been given to our three whites, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. This is the result of our team work, and we are happy that our activities both in the field and in the winery have been recognized. We also would like to say thank you to all the people that help us harvesting our grapes and bringing them safely to the winery for vinification.

Let’s take a look at Merlot 2021 IGP TreVenezie, this is how it has been praised by Gilbert&Gaillard.

« Red ruby wine with purple nuances. On the nose a scent of red and black berries, with vegetal notes. On the palate fruity aroma of blackberry and wild cherry, tannins later grow and grow gradually. Well paired with roasted meat dishes. » . We see it paired with barbecued meat, while we enjoy the evening sitted in the open air.

Giro 2023: good performances, surprises and new travel companions

May is the month dedicated to Giro d’Italia, and our companies have been supporting Team Bora-hansgrohe for years now. Last year, Jai Hindley won the Giro, and we celebrated his victory both in our winery and in Germany. Repeating the same success this year was very hard to expect, but despite the two most representative riders had to withdraw during the first week due to illness, our team gained success in two stages with the same rider, Nico Denz. Lennard Kamna also classified in the top 10 overall on the final stage.

Two stages have been the most intense for us, when the Giro arrived in Caorle and started from Oderzo the day after. This is our land, and the cheering supporters came to visit our winery and meet us on the vineyards along the road.

Special edition bottles are available on our Shop.

We have met many fans, both experts and passionate cycling supporters who came to visit us to exchange their views and have a glass of wine.

Journalists also stopped by to have a sandwich and drink a glass of Prosecco. We were particularly happy to meet with Eurosport journalist Iliana Lazzaro.

A former cyclist herself, she is so passionate about this sport, and now works as a reporter and commentator of cyclocross and women cycling races.

She’s always happy to come to our land and took the occasion of the race start in Oderzo to come to visit us, and tell us many funny anecdotes about the Giro. Our winery was all dressed in pink, we presented our BORA COOKING SYSTEM bottle collections and the pink jersey from last year.

Vinitaly, PIWI Italy and the Future of Vineyards

A few thoughts after wrapping up Vinitaly wine fair.

The most important news is the foundation of PIWI Italia, the Italian branch of PIWI international, which brings together all the local associations that have been established in recent years. It is a fundamental step, which gives national recognition to resistant grape varieties and to the wines obtained from them.

In the occasion of a conference on the future of vineyards, held by Professor A. Scienza, the presidents of regional PIWI branches established the new association, and Prof. Marco Stefanini of FEM Trento (one of the top researchers on breeding and expert of resistant grape varieties) has been appointed as president.

Vinitaly has been a great occasion for all wine lovers to taste the new PIWI wines presented at the stands.

As one of the most representative wineries in this segment we presented six PIWI wines that obtained bothe praise and awards during last winter.

Stefania Belcecchi, communication expert and journalist at Civiltà del Bere, came to visit us, together with Sara Missaglia, a journalist from Lombardy and professional sommelier. Both of them are enthusiastic supporters of sustainable wines and natural breeding.

We have also presented Antonella Danzo’s new book (PIWI The Super-Sustainable Wines), which at the moment is the first book in Italian entirely dedicated to PIWI grapewine varieties and wines.

Lara Loreti, of the Il Gusto and La Stampa magazines, presented our El Masut as a PIWI Bordeaux Cut derived from Merlot Khorus, Khantus, and Cabernet Eidos grapes.

Lara Loreti racconta El Masut Terre di Ger (video).

It is now a common opinion that there is no downsides in resistant varieties: good wines can be obtained from them, and every winery can make them as original as possible; the use of pesticides in the vineyard is highly diminished and all this has been broadly documented. Both chemical and organoleptic analysis of these wines show that they can be easily compared to the other traditional wines already on the market. The whole vine cultivation process is highly sustainable for the environment; since fewer mechanical interventions are made in the field, the CO2 impact is lowered, and the same can be said for the spraying of chemicals.

This was the first Vinitaly after the pandemic: the results in terms of the number of participants and their interest in our wines are surely encouraging.

Wine in Venice Celebrates Excellent Wine-making

2023 has just started with an extremely important wine event. The Wine in Venice exhibition celebrated the best 20 wineries from 20 Italian Regions, picked according to their sustainability and innovation practices.

Terre di Ger was the sole winery from Friuli Venezia Giulia selected for the event. Wine-tasting, masterclasses and talks were held in the Palazzo della Scuola Grande di Santa Maria di Misericordia, between the 28th and 30th of January, three days dedicated to developing wine culture and knowledge.   

Innovation, Ethics, Sustainability, these are three cornerstones that help us coping with the present. They are necessary to bring about change and put mankind and the environment at the centre of our action. Wine and earth, wine and territory, wine and mankind, these are all core values that help our wine-making in a healthy and honest way.    

Terre di Ger was present at the event, presenting its wines obtained from resistant grape varieties that require far less spraying in the field. A recent study conducted in Friuli has shown that fewer phytosanitary treatments – beside the clear benefits both for echosystems and consumers – also correspond to 38% less CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. 

We have started this new endeavour with the aim of standing out from the highly industrialized viticulture of our region and heading towards a long-term wine-making alternative that is harder to achieve, but far more gratifying. The Wine in Venice exhibition has been the celebration of all these brave wineries that, just like us, have emerged around Italy. 

One masterclass, in particular, has been really interesting, the title was “Wineyard Italia, the Best Examples in the North”. Our Caliere Rosso 2020 has been the only PIWI wine cited in the masterclass and it has been described as “a ripened cherry juice…”. PIWI wines have now emerged as top quality wines, dispelling all doubts and critiques coming from those who are still afraid of these promising alternatives to traditional wines. 

A round of applause goes to all the organizers and professionals that took part in the event.

Looking Back at 2022 and Planning for 2023

January is the time of the year in which we plan the future and write down new projects and initiatives for our winery. But we also would like to look back at 2022 and take all the good things that are now pushing us towards the future.

Terre di Ger has been reinforcing its position as “resistant” winery thanks to the six Piwi Wines on the market. Rufini Bio Sparkling, a blend of Sauvignier Gris and Bronner, is the latest new entry to our wine selection. Our wines ratings have been growing the whole year gaining important awards in many wine contests. Mach Foundation’s PIWI Wines Contest, in San Michele all’Adige, awarded our Feltro Bianco 2021 as the best absolute wine, while Caliere Rosso 2020 has been awarded as top red wine. Our Caliere Rosso 2020 gained a Grand Gold Medal at the PIWI Wine Award International, while Arconi Bianco 2020 and Feltro Bianco 2020 both gained a Gold Medal in their categories. We look at all these awards with great satisfaction, because all these achievements keep bringing our winery to a new level and give continuity to our project.

Local wines from Friuli are still among our classics and keep getting good ratings. For example Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso has been described by Il Golosario as distinctive of the “the balance between tannins and acidity with good aromatic ending.”

Good wines are the result of good work in the fields, where the vineyards are managed properly the whole year, starting from the very first spring buds. We are now certified Organic growers and are working toward the Integrated Production Standard (SQNPI) for our conventional vineyards. This is our response to the necessity of environmental protection and sustainable agriculture.

Terre di Ger new e-Shop starts with Giro d’Italia

This year’s Giro d’Italia is back to its natural springtime collocation in May’s colorful and warmer days.

We are back too! And we are supporting our partners BORA-hansgrohe: the squad is ready to start, with Peter Sagan as the team captain and all the Italian team members including Matteo Fabbro, Daniel Oss, Giovanni Aleotti and Cesare Benedetti.

Great News!

This year we are also launching our brand-new e-commerce website, featuring many labels designed in cooperation with  BORA Cooking System and their best Chefs!

All subscribers to Terre di Ger’s newsletter will get 10% discount on all “Bora Edition” products until 30 May 2021.

Follow us on our social media platforms to get fresh news about the next three weeks of Giro d’Italia. There will be also a special contest and a take-over with the team during the Cortina stage, riding across our vineyards and our winery.

The first 5 subscribers with a minimum order of 70 € will be awarded with the beautiful photo book Boys’n’ Bikes.

Terre di Ger in the Dolomites

Our new, fully organic vineyards are taking shape in Feltre, in the Dolomites. After the Pinot Noir vineyard, we are now completing our farm with a new Solaris vineyard, the most famous PIWI variety suitable for mountain climate. Solaris kissed by the sun isPIWI International’s slogan. On San Fermo hill, in the village of Villaga, the sun shines and warms the whole farm’s 4 ha since early morning.

Solaris vines are vigorous, strong, and suitable to mountain climate. The vineyard planting layout is 2,80X1,20 m. The wine obtained from this grape variety is characterized by refined flower and fruit scent, tropical fruit and citrus aromas enriched by a pleasant acidity. 

We picked Solaris grape variety in order to complete our selection of resistant grape varieties ranging from white grape Bronner, Sauvigner Gris, Soreli, Sauvignon Kretos and  Sauvignon Rythos to red grape Merlot Khorus and Merlot Kanthus, Cabernet Eidos and Cabernet Prior.

Pinot Noir from the Dolomites is the most elegant and noble wine which could not be missing from our wine farm.  It is as if the sun kissing Solaris grapes went through Pinot Noir’s colour, whose clearnes is the most distinctive feature. The wine’s aromas include vegetable scents, mint and dill, red fruits such as cherry and strawberry. 

Step by step we will be telling you about flowering, ripening and harvest.

From good care for the vineyards a good wine is born: grapevine pruning at Terre di Ger’s

Grapevine pruning is the most ‘engaging’ phase in the grapevine’s life cycle, when both past experience and creativity are combined together. 

The selection of vine shoots and spurs for the coming year, the training system, the amount of production and the expected grape quality…. this is the time of the year when the most important decisions must be taken.

These are cold and short days, but very busy days indeed. Life is starting again from here, after a few months of rest during which the vineyard has restored itself. This process is known as “agostamento”, a perpetual and constant becoming: spurs lignify and become shoots, shoots will give birth to new buds which in turn will become fruitful sprouts and so on.

Grapevine-pruning ends right before the so called weeping of the vine. It is as if grapevines are urging time now. That is why pruning represents the most important and evocative time of the year. 

Each grapevine variety and each wineyard have their own distinctive traits. In our farm, the most used training system is Guyot (the double Guyot, typical in the Friuli area). The most vigorous grapevines are trained after the Sylvoz system, the classical permanent cordon with renewed arches.

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