‘Bianchi, rossi e altro’
If Italy contained only the viticultural resources of Piedmont and Tuscany, that would be wealth enough, but there is much, much more even if a large part of it is too often ignored by an increasingly homogenised wider world. In North-East Italy fine, elegant whites are produced in the Alto Adige and fuller, more concentrated examples in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, from a mix of both local and international varieties. Some of Italy’s finest sweet wines also come from the North-East while all three provinces now also provide high quality reds. While some come from the like of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or even Pinot Nero, more and more outstanding original reds result from a realisation of the true potential of the native grapes: not just Corvina in the Veneto for Valpolicella and powerful Amarone but also Lagrein and Teroldego in Trentino-Alto Adige and even the previously obscure Pignolo and Schioppettino in Friuli.