Obstinacy, courage, a heritage to be protected…
It takes a lot of courage to invest economic resources and hard work in order to rediscover and select a forgotten grape variety, revitalize its vineyard and continue to produce "that" wine with productive and technological improvements.
A lot of studies, many expectations and emotions, some failures and maybe tears, to make wine that perhaps does not meet (not yet) particular market favors, and in spite of everything, however believe in it and move forward is certainly a very courageous choice.
To some it may even seems unconsciousness or peasant stubbornness, but the passionate Consumer, the true wine lover with his curiosity in discovering new "goodies", can only bless this obstinacy ... certainly we at Winedrops do it 🙂
Our gratitude and respect for Winedrops for their invaluable work in protecting the heritage of Italian indigenous grapevines goes to our producers, and to all “obstinate” winemakers.
Thanks for everything to:
Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Grigio, Refosco, Friulano and other vines, bred on soils that are sometimes clayey and rich in mineral debris, sometimes more sandy and gravelly, fragrant and intense wines giving life to the Vitas winery and its history.
Friuli Colli Orientali DOC
In the Pramaggiore area, on alluvial soils, vineyards are smoothly caressed by sea breezes and protected by the nearby mountains, these are the beautiful places where Ornella Bellia produces its wines, including Carmenère, Incrocio Manzoni and Tai.
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella ... these names are enough to evoke one of the king of Italian enology, Amarone, and its "younger" brothers Ripasso and Valpolicella DOC, here in the splendid interpretation of Fattori. That also re-discovered the Durello Spumante.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ... can we consider them "indigenous"? Certainly "traditional" in this area, where in their best expressions, wineries family owned like Ugo Vezzoli create a classic sparkling wine of rare elegance.
Lambrusco Mantovano DOC
"You don't need to talk about Lambrusco, just drink it ..." - Luciano Ligabue - But we tell you that in the Oltrepò Mantovano the Quistello winery offers very enjoyable wines from Lambrusco Ruberti, L. Salamino, L. Maestri and Ancellotta.
Capriano del Colle DOC
On the perfectly exposed lands of Monte Netto near the Brescian side of Garda Lake, in the vineyards of the San Michele estate, Marzemino, Sangiovese and Trebbiano di Soave exalt all their characteristics.
Ghemme DOCG Colline Novaresi DOC
Barolo DOCG Barbaresco DOCG
Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Moscato ... in this area they produce famous wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato d'Asti, wines that the Bera family is one of the best interpreter from many decades.
Langhe DOC Dogliani DOCG
Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera ... and the Nascetta, or "Nas-cëtta", the only autochthonous white grape from the Langhe territory, recovered from oblivion by a few winemakers, including Poderi Cellario, and compared to the great white wines of the Rhine for the its ability to evolve.
Asti DOCG Langhe DOC
In Santo Stefano Belbo, La Tribuleira farm raises several indigenous vines, including Albarossa (a cross between Nebbiolo and Barbera), which gives life to a truly peculiar red wine in its family owned winery.
Chianti DOCG Vernaccia di S. Gimignano DOCG
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Sangiovese Grosso is the undisputed protagonist on the hills surrounding Montalcino, and in Le Benducce vineyard, the Tornesi family in its winery vinify a Brunello di Montalcino of absolute importance.
Matelica DOC Colli Maceratesi DOC
In the areas of S. Elpidio and Fermo, the Pecorino, Passerina, Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapevines are bred with the outmost respect for the territory thanks to the Santa Liberata’s wine growers, and their belief that good wine is made with care for the vineyard.
Bianchello del Metauro DOC
Typical Marche vines (Bianchello, Incrocio Bruni 54 and Famoso from Montefeltro), organic management and high technology in the cellar means Bruscia, wines of the highest quality and great personality.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
On the hilly slopes between Chieti and Torrevecchia Teatina the winemakers of Fattoria Teatina breed the typically Abruzzese clones of Montepulciano, Pecorino and Trebbiano ... Abruzzo in the glass!
An ancient vine, the Cacchione (already known and appreciated by the Roman ancestors) and in Nettuno area, cultivated on the spot together with the tenacious desire to protect it and make it known to the world ... this (but not only this) is Cantina Bacco.
Roma DOC Zagarolo DOC
Malvasia Puntinata, Cesanese, Nero Buono, Trebbiano, Passerina del Frusinate ... raised on the hills of Zagarolo in Sant'Apollaria, on volcanic origin of tuffaceous soils, and vinified by the Federici winery following new techniques for ancient vines.
Greco di Tufo DOCG
Irpinia and its selected as well as typical grape varieties: Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, Fiano, Falanghina. Irpinia, its centennary-old traditions and the pride of passing them on and keeping them alive, all this is contained in the I Capitani winery love for wine making.
Lacryma Christi DOC
Caprettone and Piedirosso dominate the slopes of Vesuvius, unchallenged, (often on an original stump, as in the case of the vineyards of Casa Setaro), giving life to mineral, fruity and floral wines.
On the very steep slopes of Ischia island, from a few meters up to 500 meters above the sea level, Antonio Mazzella raises the typical Ischia grapes Forastera, Biancolella and Per'e Palummo (Piedirosso) respecting a territory so beautiful and fragile .
Terre del Volturno IGP
Along the river Volturno’s valley, the Pallagrello Nero, the Pallagrello Bianco and the Casavecchia found ancestral homes. Cantina di Lisandro vinifies them with modern technologies, in full respect of the territory and the peculiarities of their unique vines.
Primitivo and Negroamaro immediately recall the typical concepts and territoriality of these wines and it grapevines. Solarte winery knows how to interpret them in a masterly way.
In this small part of Sicily, right in front of the Aeolian Islands, the Nocera grapevine has found its own home. On the clay soils from Santa Lucia on Mela, in the vineyards of the Vasari estate, they give life to an elegant, lively and persistent red wine surprising and deep.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
Saying Nero D'Avola, Frappato, Grillo, Inzolia, Zibibbo ... it really means "Sicily"! The Centonze winery has a very strong link with its territory, and vinifies the most typical vines of this region, giving us memorable and unique wines.
Terre Siciliane IGP
In the red soil of Belìce valley, Perricone and Nerello Mascalese exalt all their peculiarities; at Tenute Orestiadi these grapes are vinified with care, love and maximum adherence to territorial typicality
Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
Vermentino shows all its minerality and elegance when it "sees" the sea, as in this splendid expression of Cantine Porphyrio, a very special Vermentino di Gallura.
Vermentino di Sardegna DOC Cannonau di Sardegna DOC
Sardinia has countless indigenous grape varieties, but Cannonau and Vermentino are probably the best known. Tenute Soletta obtains its wines from these vines, which tell the uniqueness of the Sardinian land, masterfully.