The Wine: Catavela 2018
Denavolo Catavela is a skin contact natural wine made from a blend of Malvasia Aromatica di Candia, Marsanne, Ortrugo, and Trebbiano Romagnolo by legendary winemaker Giulio Armani in Emilia-Romagna. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, maceration on the skins for about 10 days. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites. Catavela is a medium-bodied orange wine with notes of apricot, wildflowers, and honey. The palate is fresh with bright acidity.
The Producer: Azienda Agricola Denavolo
Azienda Agricola Denavolo is led by Giulio Armani and it's located in Val Trebbia, Emilia-Romagna, Central Italy. Giulio Armani is the legendary winemaker of La Stoppa, mentor to many, and benchmark for skin contact wines from Emilia-Romagna.
The Region: Emilia-Romagna
Emilia-Romagna is a region as famous for its wines as it is for its incredibly rich culinary tradition. Who hasn't tried products such as Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Prosciutto Crudo di Parma DOP, Culatello di Zibello DOP? Who hasn't typical dishes such as Tortellini di Modena, Lasagne alla Bolognese, or Tagliatelle? It is safe to say that Emilia-Romagna set the standards for Italian culinary excellence worldwide.
Emila-Romagna is located in the northern part of Italy and is the only Italian region with traits of coast both to the east and west. Its territory is mostly flat, dominated by Italy's longest river, Po river, and by Italy's largest flatland, called Pianura Padana, the most fertile agricultural region of the peninsula.
Emilia-Romagna borders with Lombardy (north-west), Veneto (north), Marche (south), Tuscany (south-west), and Liguria (west). Bologna is the region's capital and of the Italian cities with the highest quality of life - it is also home of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
In popular culture, Emilia-Romagna found new glory in recent years precisely thanks to its unmatched food culture. "Osteria Francescana", the brainchild of "poet chef" Massimo Bottura, was voted best restaurant in the world for 2016 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants' jury.
Moreover, Aziz Ansari's hit show "Master of None" is set in Modena, where Aziz (Dev) is an apprentice chef at a traditional Tortellini di Modena shop who's on a mission to try and eat each and every local delicacy he comes across.