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The beauty of the architecture of wine, which in Sicily has almost ancestral roots, and the sustainability, of which the island, with many of its wineries of excellence, is a pioneer: there is all this at the center of the third episode of “BEVI – L ‘Arte del Vinificazione ”, the format dedicated to wine broadcast on Sky Arte, which after having successfully debuted with the focus on Franciacorta and the Cà del Bosco brand, and then on the architecture of wine between Piedmont and Veneto, between Langhe and Conegliano Valdobbiadene, and realities like Ceretto and Masottina, tonight at 8.40 pm (Sky channels 120 and 400, also on demand), broadcasts Sicily with two leading realities, Firriato and Donnafugata. In particular, we will talk about Etna, retracing, with the guide of Federico Lombardo di Monte Iato, “the exploration of the northern slope of the volcano that led Firriato, at the beginning of the 90s, to take deep roots in the various districts in where there are vineyards and winemaking cellar, to the extraordinary discovery of a unicum in the wine scene in Italy, also recognized by the great names of international wine criticism. a history of high mountain viticulture, conducted on the largest active volcano in Europe. A tale of discovery and wonder that sees nature in balance with man, defining the landscape, between skiing lava, vineyards, dry stone walls and woods, creating an extraordinary biodiversity habitat, where the cultivation of vines is lost in the night of the times, ”explains a note.
“Etna, an art produced by nature that with its extraordinary inner energy always manages to give you something” underlines Federico Lombardo di Monte Iato, who successfully combines his activity in the company with a passion for night photography and high altitude walks. A mythical panorama traceable – perhaps – in a Homeric description in which heaven and earth wrap themselves seamlessly in the shadow of the volcano ”.
“Cavanera 1882” – this is the inscription that stands on the gate of a treasure protected and cared for like a garden of wonders: a prefillossera vineyard with plants up to 150 years old. Real plant sculptures, expression of a traditional sapling system of vines, as well as a symbol of an extraordinary capacity for resilience to major destructive events, such as that of phylloxera. Hence the idea of ​​instilling the most precious enological soul of the volcano in the bottle, a sort of seal that Firriato wanted to call “Signum Aetnae”, excellence of a secular history finally rediscovered and which constitutes the heart of the television narrative proposed by author Chiara Panzieri who fully grasped the value and uniqueness of this particular and distinctive territory “. But in the episode there will also be great attention also to the issues of environmental sustainability. Firriato was in fact one of the first great Sicilian brands to convert all its production into certified organic agriculture, undertaking – in 2007 – the Carbon Neutrality process through a careful and continuous calculation of emissions. So much so that today, in 2021, it obtained the Sustainable Viticulture Award, the highest podium of Gambero Rosso in the wine sector, becoming the first certified winery in Italy with zero impact.
But, as mentioned, among the main wineries, to tell the good that unites with the beautiful, agriculture that mixes with creativity, there will also be the Donnafugata experience to discover, through the words of Josè and Antonio Rallo, the history of the company, known for its small and prestigious productions and for its indissoluble bond with art, a distinctive feature of Donnafugata ‘s author labels.
Yet another stage of a journey into wine, which WineNews has already presented, which will then go to Irpinia, between wine and design, with Feudi di San Gregorio, and again in Alto Adige between nature and designer cellars with Alois Lageder and Tramin, and again in the Sardinia of the ancient Madrolisai, in the Puglia of Primitivo and Susumaniello with the Rubino family and in the producers of Manduria, obviously touching the Tuscany of the nobility of wine, between the Castello di Montepò in Maremma, of the Biondi Santi family, to that of Fonterutoli, icon of Chianti Classico and of the Renaissance, of the Mazzei family, then recounting the relationship between women, wine and art in Umbria, with the case history of Lungarotti and the Museum of Wine (Muvit) and of Olive and Oil (Moo), among the most important in the world, ending with an excursus between “The Cellars, the new cathedrals”, which will especially underline the architectural and artistic value of the wineries that are the protagonists of this first season.

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Marco Ribaudo

Marco Ribaudo

For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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