The Wine: Pinot Grigio NV
Bakari Pinot Grigio is a white natural wine made from organically farmed grapes. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, unfined, unfiltered, minimal added sulfites at bottling. Classic Pinot Grigio from Veneto, medium to light body, balanced acidity, notes of pear and apple.
The Winery: Bakari • Stefano Menti
Bakari was born from the desire of five professionals in the world of wine to offer something that wasn’t there. “We wanted a line of wines – explains Raffaele Bonivento, project leader – natural, well done, at an affordable cost that met specific requirements: easy to drink, democratic but not conceptual, for the people, without ethical and cultural superstructures. In short, good and natural wines for everyone “. The experience that gave birth to this project is that of Raffaele Bonivento, a past in Vinnatur and Porthos, today he is a wine selector and president of Meteri, a young reality established in the world of natural wine; Stefano Menti, winemaker of the family business in Gambellara who works in a biodynamic regime and is an interpreter of Garganega.
The Region: Veneto
Veneto is one of the most important wine regions of Italy, located in the North-Eastern corner of the Italian peninsula. It borders with Trentino-Alto Adige (north), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (north-east), Emilia-Romagna (south), and Lombardy (west).
The capital of Veneto is Venice, which is also its most populous city, followed by Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and Rovigo. The east coast of Lake Garda, the biggest Italian lake, is part of Veneto and so is the tract of Alpine foothills called Venetian Prealps.
Veneto is the leading Italian region for the quantity of wine produced – even though wine-producing regions such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia, and Sicily all have bigger territories.
Some of its most famous wines are Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpolicella, Soave, and of course Prosecco. Other less known but equally delicious wines are Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Raboso del Piave, and Bardolino.
Veneto’s main characteristic is perhaps the great variety of wine types produced, obtained mostly from indigenous grape varietals – Corvina, Glera, and Garganega being the most common.
This is due as much to its specific geography and climate as it is to rather peculiar winemaking techniques such as the grape drying technique employed to make Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto’s most famous red wine.