Wine Masters Italy
In Wine Masters Italy we visit five wine regions where we discover the know-how behind the most famous grape varieties and the terroirs:
- Nebbiolo terroir in Piedmont
- Taurasi terroir in Campania
- Sangiovese terroir in Tuscany
- Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara & Pinot Grigio in Veneto
- Nero d’Avola & Etna terroir on Sicily
With the help of each region’s most prestigious wine producer, the viewer learns about the personal drive and family stories the origins and history of the best grape varieties, terroirs, and wines. The wine producers who share their stories and passion for wine with us are:
- Tasca d’Almerita
They all have something in common: they run renowned family businesses. The family members share their ways of collaboration, task division, keeping the family legacy going and worries about succession with us.
Masters of Wine Sarah Heller and Richard Hemming give their honest, authentic and critical opinions about each region, grape variety, terroir, wine and producer. They will also explain why certain wines are so valuable, what makes them and the terroirs so unique and how the interested wine drinker can make the best choice wine-wise.
Piedmont, Gaja family
Barolo en Barbaresco wines are strongly in demand by wine collectors. Although both villages in Piedmont are very close, and the wines are both made by Nebbiolo grapes, some say Barolo is more masculine and Barbaresco is more feminine.
Barolo is a gentlemen and Barbaresco is lady, but a ‘tough’ lady.
The small imperfections give the soul to the wine.
Campania, Mastroberardino family
Campania was called ‘Campania Felix’ by the Romans, meaning ‘Happy land’. The Romans considered it the best place to grow wines. Mastroberardino was the only one that kept faith in the native Aglianico grapes from Taurasi. Some say these are archeological wines, other say it’s the Barolo of the South.
Barolo should be called the Angianico of the North because it’s longer around.
Tuscany, Antinori family
The renaissance of Italian wines started in Tuscany with Sangiovese grapes. Piero Antinori was one of the first to produce quality Chianti Classico and introduced the first Super Tuscan. Antinori is one of the oldest family business of the world.
It takes centuries to build a name and seconds to destroy it
Alessia Antinori (26th generation)
Veneto, Boscaini family - Masi
Amarone della Valpolicella was invented by mistake. The ‘Appassimento’ method is a fascinating process, the concentrated wines are made by grapes which are dried on bamboo racks for months.
My grandfather had Valpolicella as an everyday wine and Amarone for Christmas and was in need for a wine for the Sundays. So he invented the Ripasso.
Sicily, Tasca d’Almerita family
The Regiliali Estate in the middle of Sicily is like an oasis in the desert. The first prestigious Nero d’Avola wine was made here by the old noble family Tasca d’Almerita. Alberto Tasca: “It gave me freedom once I realized I’m only the landkeeper of this place for a short period.”
You have to be a fatalist to grow wines on Etna.