The Wine: Sotto la Pelle 2019
Vigna Flor Sotto la Pelle 2019 is a red natural wine made from a blend of Barbera and Merlot from Colli Euganei, Veneto Region, Northern Italy. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites.
The Winery: Vigna Flor
Vigna Flor is a tiny artisanal 2-hectare estate located in the Colli Euganei sub-area of Veneto and run by husband and wife Francesca and Davide. The vineyard, "Vigna", was named after their daughter Flora, hence Vigna Flor. Davide worked at Farnea in close contact with Marco Buratti, one of the best natural winemakers from Veneto. Like Marco, Davide makes his wines as naturally as possible, avoiding sulfites at any stage of the process as well as any other chemical substance. Vigna Flor wines are as unadulterated as possible, fermented grape juice made in microscopic quantities with passion and integrity.
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.