Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A Preview into the Volcanic Wines of Italy

There is a reason why volcanic wines from not only Italy, but the world, are some of the most unique and sought-after wines to discover.  According to Food & Wine, volcanos make up only 1% of the earth’s total surface.   Vines growing in the variety of volcanic soils produce wines with such unique character from the mineral rich soils in which they are grown.

volcanic soil in Italy

Italy hosts a number of regions from north to south that have either active or dormant volcanos with vineyards planted into this rugged terrain.  In the north the Veneto is one of the most known regions for volcanic wines, specifically Soave as well as Colli Euganei and Monti Lessini.  The region of Piedmont has volcanic soils as well.  In central Italy you’ll find the regions of Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria hosting volcanic wines.  In Southern Italy is where volcanic wines really shine in the regions of Campania, Basilicata and Sicily.  

Mt. Vesuvius volcano outside Pompeii
Mt. Vesuvius outside of Pompeii in Campania

On October 3rd our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group of writers will be covering these volcanic wines from all over Italy along with some food pairing suggestions.  We invite you to chat with us live on Twitter that morning at 11am EST at #ItalianFWT.  Lend your knowledge or ask any questions that you’re curious to know in understanding these wines.  If you’d like to join our group in writing a blog in reference to this month’s theme on volcanic wines please email me directly at vinotravels at hotmail dot com.  Hope to see you all there! 

Here is a preview of what is to come on October 3rd. 

  • Camilla at the Culinary Adventures with Camilla will be featuring A Single-Varietal Carricante, an Etna Exclusive, & Lapsang Souchong-Braised Duck Legs    
  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm will share Grapes grown in Volcanic Soil produce a HOT wine!!!   
  • Gwendolyn of Wine Predator will have you Meet Mt Etna’s Volcanic Wines: 3 reds, 3 whites, 3 producers from Sicily with pairings  
  • Lynn at Savor the Harvest will write about Volcanic Wine in the Veneto   
  • Terri at Our Good Life will be sharing Ashes to Ashes: Volcanic Wine and Sicilian Lentil Soup   
  • Robin at Crushed Grape Chronicles will feature Mount Etna – The Awesome Power of Active Volcanos, and Yes, Red Wine with Fish   
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass will talk about the wines of Benanti – Capturing the soul of Mount Etna wine  
  • Susannah at Avvinare will be Exploring the Colli Berici in the Veneto  
  • I’ll be hosting at Vino Travels Fried Eggplant Topped with Fresh Tomatoes and Ricotto Paired with I Custodi Etna Rosso