The Wine: 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 the brainchild of 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 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.