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Vescovado Guardavalle Calabria Bianco, Santa Venere 2021
White Wine from Italy - S Italy and Islands
Italian whites are among the stars of this year’s Wine Champions, and this organically grown Calabrian white from the toe of the country offers refreshing notes of apple, citrus and lemongrass. ‘A great shout for chardonnay lovers,’ said Italian buyer Sarah Knowles MW.
Price: £13.95 Bottle
Price: £83.50 Case of 6
- White Wine
- 2 - Dry
- Drinking now
- 13% Alcohol
- no oak influence
- Cork, diam
Calabria is the toe of the Italian boot and though less well known to many wine drinkers than some Italian regions has no less a heritage of wine production than its southern counterparts Puglia and Campania. It is now catching up fast in terms of a reputation for well-made, delicious wines after a very tough time in the early part of the 20th century from which it is only now recovering.
Santa Venere is traditionally Calabrian in the sense that their vines are part of a polycultural estate, growing alongside olives, while Charolais cattle are bred for cheese production nearby. Their 150 hectares, 25 of which are under vine, are close to Cìro and only half a kilometre from the Ionian Sea, where the Scala family have farmed since the 17th century.
In 1960 Federico Scala took over the running of the business and began an overhaul, building up the complex, eventually including a winery so that the grapes that until then had been sold could be made into wine on the estate.
These days the winery is very modern and the estate is farmed organically and Federico has been succeeded by his son Giuseppe, a lawyer by training, and renowned consultant winemaker Riccardo Cotarella. Local Calabrian varieties such as gaglioppo, marsigliana nera and guardavalle are grown alongside nerello cappuccio and greco, both from neighbouring regions of Italy and there is an admirable pursuit of high-quality.