Tantalizing wine portrays a sense of tradition, family, and culture
While most wine consumers relate Tuscany to classic Chianti, the remarkable wine growing region of Tuscany can lay claim to a number of additional world-class wines.
Tuscany, one of Italy's twenty wine regions, is dominated by sophisticated and historic Florence, long considered the prime example of Italian culture. The Tuscan spoken language is now the spoken language of Italy after scholars deviated from traditional Latin during the 14th Century.
Wine has traditionally been part of the Tuscan lifestyle for over 3,000 years and represents the spirit and personality of its inhabitants. The finest Tuscan wines were exported as early as the 16th Century and are always considered among the world's elite class of wines. The terroir of Tuscany consists of gently rolling hills that are highly conducive to growing superior vines.
Tuscany's earliest settlers, the Etruscans, realized that vines and grapes contained certain lifesaving properties and emphasized their consumption and usage in diet, a theory currently being proven by modern medicine.
The great Sangiovese (red) and Trebbiano (white) grapes dominate the region and are mostly responsible for Tuscany's international reputation. A number of the larger Italian wine entities are located here, but the real backbone of the region is the myriad of small estate producers that supply many of the world's top tables and restaurants. In addition to Florence and Pisa, the medieval walled city of Lucca is one of Italy's top tourist destinations. Tuscan cuisine is also favored by many to compliment the area's robust wines and sauces.
Apulia is literally the land of the distinctive stiletto Italian heel, the peninsula formed between the Adriatic Sea and the Gulf of Taranto. Apulia has been conquered at one time or another by practically everyone, including the Romans (4th Century BC and the Normans, 11th Century AD). The region is basically a long plains area and is Italy's largest wine producer, accounting for nearly 17% of the country's total production. It is also a large grape growing area, and produces about twice as many grapes as all of Australia and New Zealand combined.
Apulia's southernmost region is called the Salento Peninsula and is home to the finest of the Pugliese wines. The area benefits from almost ideal soil and climactic conditions and is considered the finest vineyard land in Apulia. Its main grape is called the Primitivo, which has been recently identified as possessing the same DNA as our incomparable California Zinfandel, thereby ending hundreds of years of speculation as to the Zinfandel's origin.
For centuries most of Apulia's wine production went into bulk programs both in Italy and France, but modern winemaking techniques and morays have forced producers to concentrate of higher quality, limited production wines that have captured the imagination of wine enthusiasts around the world. Like most wine regions, Apulia is also well know for its regional cuisine that is ideally paired with an excellent Pugliese red or white.
The respect that Agricole Rizzello holds today is well rooted in its past and by its founder, Mr. Marco Rizzello; whom earned his extraordinary reputation and that of his winery through constant and long-lasting presence in agriculture and winemaking, and his pursuit of domestic and international recognition by presenting the finest wines the region had to offer. His viniculture skills and winemaking expertise, which became known throughout Italy after purchasing the plantations in 1972, have been forever etched in the annuls of Italian wine culture and oneology.