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Palladium Garganega Veneto 2016

White Wine from Italy - NE Italy (Trentino, Veneto)
Immediately appealing smiley Italian white for regular drinking, made from garganega, the Soave grape.
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Code: IT22711

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Garganega
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Screwcap

North East Italy

Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy’s main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.

Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border.

The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from...
Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy’s main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.

Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border.

The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from northerly winds and have a more continental climate. They sit at altitudes of between 330 and 1200 metres on soils that were once beneath the ocean, so marl and sandstone predominate. The Collio Goriziano vineyards enjoy slightly greater influence from the Adriatic to the south, though the cool air draining from the higher ground in the north plays its part, and the vineyards sit upon the many steep slopes in this hilly country.

Pinot grigio was an early success here and is still widely made, but chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot bianco have joined local varieties like tocai fiuliano, picolit and verduzzo in producing some of Italy’s freshest and most interesting white wines. Local varieties like schioppetino and refosco have struggled to find an audience outside of the region in the past though this is changing, and some Bordeaux blends from the Grave region of free draining alluvial soils are making people sit up and take notice.

Trentino-Alto Adige was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and in the northern parts of the province (Alto Adige) German is still widely spoken. Indeed, the architecture, food and customs owe much to their Teutonic roots and there are elements that remain in the vineyards that echo a Germanic past. Riesling is planted here and the village of Tramin gave its name to the gewürztraminer grape which is now so widely planted in another region with Germanic influences, Alsace. To reinforce that comparison, sylvaner, muscat, müller-thurgau and pinot gris (grigio) are also to be found here.

Alto Adige is also known as the Süd-Tyrol (South Tyrol) and lies on the border with Austria and is Italy’s most northerly wine region. Here the vines grow in the foothills of the Alps, on the lower slopes along the Adige Valley. Altitudes vary between 200 and 1000 metres. White wines made the reputation of the region for their lively, fresh purity but reds are grown here too. Schiava and the burlier lagrein are the indigenous varieties much used here, though bracing cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines are made from plantings that can struggle to ripen and escape some greenness. Some very fine pinot noir wines are having an impact for their high-class and poise.

The Veneto is something of a vinous bread basket. The soils are fertile, which is not usually propitious for fine wine production, and officially permitted yields are unacceptably high. The region produces enormous quantities of everyday wines for exporting and blending but also embraces the Valpolicella region where the jewel in the crown is Valpolicella Amarone, the sweetly rich, full-bodied expression of semi-dried corvina and rondinella grapes that is sought after the world over. Though bulk production, particularly through large and highly-efficient co-operatives, is still prevalent the improvements in winemaking and viticulture are clear, and there are many producers in formerly workaday DOCs like Valpolicella and Soave who are turning their corvina, rondinella, garganega and trebbiano di lugana (turbiano) grapes into vinous gems. Prosecco is also produced here from the glera grape in the hills around Conigliano almost due north of Venice, and is something of a worldwide phenomenon in terms of sales volume. As ever, there is a lot of basic fizz but the producers who take a little more care in vineyards and wineries are making delicious bubblies at all price levels.
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Antonio Fattori

The Fattori family have been producing wine in the Soave region in Veneto, north-east Italy, since the turn of the 20th century. It began with grandfather Antonio Fattori, who planted 17 acres of vines in the hills around the village of Terrossa, so called because of the often reddish basalt soils in the area. Antonio was a wonderful character with a passion for the land around him, and is remembered fondly by his son and grandson (both also named Antonio) for going everywhere barefoot, and insisting on always washing outdoors.

Although the area was not a particularly affluent one, grandfather Antonio sold the sweet wines he made to local bars and restaurants, delivering the bottles by horse and cart. It wasn’t an easy enterprise: when Antonio returned from fighting in the First World War, he found all his vines had been destroyed by phylloxera. Still he persevered, and in 1970 his son took over operations.

The second generation was equally restricted by funds, and yet it was this Antonio who built the winery, which has been in use since his first year in charge. He is remembered as a generous and charitable man, low on funds but always big on kindness.

It was his son – the current generation, which has been in charge since 1979 – who was the first of the family to study wine academically, although the youngest Antonio admits it felt as though his destiny to do so was set from birth. He studied both at the University of Conegliano and the University of Dijon, and has been...
The Fattori family have been producing wine in the Soave region in Veneto, north-east Italy, since the turn of the 20th century. It began with grandfather Antonio Fattori, who planted 17 acres of vines in the hills around the village of Terrossa, so called because of the often reddish basalt soils in the area. Antonio was a wonderful character with a passion for the land around him, and is remembered fondly by his son and grandson (both also named Antonio) for going everywhere barefoot, and insisting on always washing outdoors.

Although the area was not a particularly affluent one, grandfather Antonio sold the sweet wines he made to local bars and restaurants, delivering the bottles by horse and cart. It wasn’t an easy enterprise: when Antonio returned from fighting in the First World War, he found all his vines had been destroyed by phylloxera. Still he persevered, and in 1970 his son took over operations.

The second generation was equally restricted by funds, and yet it was this Antonio who built the winery, which has been in use since his first year in charge. He is remembered as a generous and charitable man, low on funds but always big on kindness.

It was his son – the current generation, which has been in charge since 1979 – who was the first of the family to study wine academically, although the youngest Antonio admits it felt as though his destiny to do so was set from birth. He studied both at the University of Conegliano and the University of Dijon, and has been fortunate enough to travel widely and experiment with various techniques and machinery to expand his winemaking knowledge. Still, he insists that no amount of experience is enough, and he views every vintage as a new challenge waiting to be explored.

The vineyards and winery are almost all still based around Terrossa, on the basalt soils of the Alpone valley at between 150-450m altitude. As climate change has taken effect, the family has planted higher and higher, giving the wines an extra minerality and freshness. Garganega – the backbone of the region, and the grape that takes pride of place in the Fattori vineyards – is grown at 250m altitude.

In recent years, the Fattori family has abandoned the use of insecticides and pesticides, opting instead for natural alternatives. One such is a substance that restricts reproduction amongst pests, and they also use copper and vegetable oils. They now use almost entirely organic manure, and are looking at new methods of sustainability. The winery has developed over the years, but Antonio still experiments with various techniques. The range of wines they produce are aged in a mixture of stainless-steel, cement, and wooden tanks, and the family’s minimal-intervention policy means they are working on using the bare minimum levels of sulphur.
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Italy Vintage 2016 North East

2016 was a stunning year for reds in most of the vineyards of Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, as well as across the Veneto. In short, the north of Italy enjoyed sunny, warm and dry conditions at harvest (September and Ocotber) after a cooler than average summer, and brought in an excellent crop of slowly evenly ripened grapes and made very good wines.

The south of Italy is a less obviously happy picture, or at least more of a patchwork, with some areas suffering rain at inappropriate times, often when the harvest needed to be brought in. There had already been difficulties in the spring in the Abruzzi and Campania (some areas had frost) and Umbria suffered hail. Then in September rains came and made it tricky for the later ripening red varieties in Campania and Basilicata. However, the summer had been more even in Puglia and despite some September rains here it had little effect and the wines are very good. Sicily too had a good vintage.

2016 vintage reviews
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Plymouth Herald

[This is] a truespringtime sipper. Hailing from the hilly Veneto district of NE Italy it isfamed for being the mainstay grape in the blend creating Soave. Grapefruitfreshness is dominant with a persistent ...
[This is] a truespringtime sipper. Hailing from the hilly Veneto district of NE Italy it isfamed for being the mainstay grape in the blend creating Soave. Grapefruitfreshness is dominant with a persistent finish to the last sip.
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- Stephen Barrett

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