There are 400 kilometers that separate Torre dei Beati from Monteraponi. Starting from the Adriatic, from Francavilla al Mare in Abruzzo, we travel along a good stretch of coastal highway, then enter the Marche region and head inland. There are the Apennines to cross. We pass through Umbria, the green lung of Italy and our thoughts turn to the Trebbiano Spoletino. But this time we stay at a high altitude and reach Radda in Chianti. It is a beautiful piece of central Italy that we travel through, a vast area that shares some of the great native grapes of Italy.
One of these is Trebbiano, but it would be wrong to speak of just one grape variety, given the different clones. Even more wrong to speak of the same wines, with soils, altitudes, climates and, last but not least, various concepts of making wine. The beauty of non-mainstream wine is represented by its facets, by its different expressions. Never stop at the grape variety alone, as it says very little. The two labels that we explore today on Rare Wines are pure territorial expression and equally pure craftsmanship.
There is the sunny part of the coast in one, the cool part of the high hilly vineyards in the other. There is contact on the lees for a year and the skillful use of ceramic in one, maceration for 48 hours and maturation in small wood barrels in the other. We are talking about the Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2021 by Torre dei Beati and the Colli della Toscana Centrali Trebbiano 2021 by Monteraponi. In both wines the production is small, in both the production is the result of awareness, experience and thought.
Colli della Toscana Centrale Trebbiano 2021
Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Di-vèrto 2021
selected by Gambero Rosso