Category: Italian Wine

Fattoria La Màgia: meet Fabian Schwarz

Montalcino-born Fabian Schwarz of Fattoria La Màgia has seen profound change in the region. Here, we speak to Fabian about family history, pursuing quality and the story behind his flagship cru, Ciliegio. “I don’t believe in God, why should I believe in [Rudolf] Steiner?” ponders Fabian Schwarz, second-generation owner-winemaker at Fattoria La Màgia in Montalcino. […]

Making sense of Piedmont wine

Piedmont’s wines are favoured by foodies, and perfect alongside autumnal flavours. Barbara Drew MW talks us through the famous Italian wine region’s incredible depth and breadth Piedmont is one of my favourite Italian wine regions, with its rolling hills, autumn fogs and hearty cuisine. As with every region of this diverse country, the breadth of […]

Barolo versus Barbaresco: what’s the difference?

These two regions in Piedmont produce the world’s most famous styles of Nebbiolo: but how do the wines differ? Taking its name from the autumn mists, or nebbie, which roll amongst the hills of the Langhe when this late-ripening variety is picked, Nebbiolo produces wines of serious structure. Its distinctive combination of high tannin and […]

Bringing Barolo back

This corner of Piedmont has never been as exciting as it is today. As we release our offering of 2016 Barolo, our Buyer Matt Smith traces the region’s evolution It feels like the 2016 vintage confirms the start of a new golden age for the Langhe and its two iconic wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. […]