Azienda Agricola Denavolo Dinavolino 2018
Dinavolino 2018, like its big sibling Dinavolo, is an orange wine made from 25% Ortrugo, 25% Malvasia di Candia, 25% Marsanne, and 25% unknown grapes grown in Val Trebbia, Emilia-Romagna, Central Italy. The difference between the two wines is the length of the skin contact period. Dinavolino is also lower in alcohol and less concentrated.
Dinavolo and Dinavolino are made by natural winemaker-philosopher Giulio Armani and one of the most representative orange wines from Italy. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, maceration on the skins for several months. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites.
The Producer: Azienda Agricola Denavolo
Azienda Agricola Denavolo is led by Giulio Armani and it's located in Val Trebbia, Emilia-Romagna, Central Italy.
The Wine: Artana Rkatsiteli 2018
Dry natural wine made from 100% white grape varietal Rkatsiteli grown in the village Artana, Kakheti Region, Georgia. Rkatsiteli is Georgia’s oldest Grape verity dating back to 3000 BC. Artana Rkatsiteli 2017 is fermented and aged in Qvevri - large terracotta amphorae - with 6 months of skin contact, a technique that gives the wine an intense amber (orange) color.
The Producer: Artana
From Artana's website
Dimitri (Tito) Rcheulishvili’s name is associated with introducing several foreign varieties of vines, including Cabernet, to Georgia. Dimitri Rchulishvili was a successful engineer, who worked on projecting and building railway roads in Manchuria and eastern Russia. Soon after its completion, the railroad was tested by Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. He was so satisfied with the work that awarded Dimitri with a significant amount of gold. The descendants of Rcheulishvili keep an old chest, with which he sent the gold home to his beloved wife, Sasha Javakhishvili.
After returning to the homeland, Dimitri Rcheulishvili bought large pieces of land in Vazisubani, Kakheti. He built a house and a Marani (a wine cellar) with his project and became a landlord. In the 17th century, King Vakhtang the Fifth ordered to count Karalashvilis to build the village. They honestly fulfilled the command. Karalshvilis built the defensive wall as well as the village itself. At this time, from the town Artana located in the southern part of Georgia, which was semi-Armenian and semi-Georgian, Georgian families were transferred and settled in this area. Settlers named the village Artana.
Simashvilis were peasants under Karalashvili family influence. A family church built by them in the 16th century still stands to this day. Both of these families lived in the village of Artana, located at the foot of the Caucasus. They were famous in Kakheti for exceptional singing and delicious wines Rcheulishvili’s family had a special friendship with Karalashvilis and Simashvilis Families and often visited them in village Artana. Because of this great friendship of ancestors, the descendants of Rcheulishvili family bought vineyards in Artana and started to make wine in 2007.
Today winery “Artana Wines” is owned by Akhvledianis and Gamrekelis and produces natural wines since 2014.
The Wine: Graupert Pinot Gris 2017
Meinklang Graupert Pinot Gris is a skin contact (orange wine) natural wine made from biodynamic Pinot Gris grapes - Neusiedlersee region of Austria. Graupert means "tangled" or "wild", a characteristic of these particular vines grown at Meinklang farm that give bunches with smaller grapes and thicker skins. Such grapes are highly coveted, they are very aromatic and when vinified produce wines of darker color. Graupert Pinot Gris is a skin contact wine, hence the rose-golden yellow color, honey, and dried apricot on the nose.
The Producer: Meinklang
Meinklang is an original, family-run mixed farm, set in the middle of the World Heritage Site of the National Park Neusiedlersee, on the Eastern side of the Neusiedlersee Lake, bordering directly on the Hungarian lowlands, where life’s diversity and complexity are celebrated.
This farm functions much like an organism, relying not only on the people but also on the local herd of cows which contributes in an essential way with their natural and invaluable fertilizer. The farm’s diversity is enriched by ancient grains such as spelt, farro, and einkorn wheat, as well as the fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, meadows of wild herbs and flowers, and the elegant charm of the grapevines.