Italian wines are a booming business in Belgium. More and more Belgians are going in search of the perfect Chianti Classico, or to the full bouquet of Brunello.
Specialist wine merchants are trying very hard to Italian wineries to Belgium to pick up. And increasingly emphasized quality over quantity. “We don’t have wijngiganten that millions of bottles produce, but domains that are perfectly know what they are doing”, sounds at Stappato, an enoteca with branches in Ghent and Leuven. Stappato organized recently a very successful wijnevent with twenty important Italian wineries.
Big names and big wines
The three best-known wine names are also three of the best Italian wines: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano. All three from Tuscany, its sunny region above Rome. Depending on the year, are the wines “for each day” or they are to drink with mind.
The Chianti Classico with the black rooster as a symbol, is probably the most famous among the Italian wines. The wine, which is created in the triangle between the cities of Florence, Arezzo and Siena, must have a minimum of 80% sangiovesedruiven exist. The name ‘Chianti Classico’ by the way, is only reserved for the wines from that exact region. The territories in which the triangle borders are allowed to have their wines only ‘Chianti’.
Brunello di Montalcino, from the region around Montalcino, has at least four years aged in the barrel, and then preferably some years in the bottle. “My basic principle is that a great wine has a long life”, says Gianfranco Soldera of Soldera Case Basse-house. The younger brother of the Brunello, the Rosso di Montalcino, is made from the same sangiovesedruiven, but ripens up to three years in the barrel. It is up to the buyer, of course, free to then the bottle for a few more years.
The Nobile di Montepulciano is the third worldwide famous Tuscan wine. The name ‘vino nobile’ should only be used for druivennat made in the region around the village of Montepulciano. The wine with the shorter, similar name ‘Montepulciano’ has nothing to do with the vino nobile. That wine is made with montepulcianodruiven, while the Nobile is made with the sangiovese grape.
Unknown is unloved
Except the big names, there are still many unknown, but great Italian wines. Sicily, for example, has also some major wineries. Especially the north-eastern tip of the island is a guarantee for excellent wines, thanks to the indigenous grape, Nero d’Avola.
The Sicilians carry out with other grape varieties, however, also work wonders. Winery Gulfi, slightly above Ragusa, has managed to an excellent white wine, the Carjcanti Sicilia Bianco. For the Carjcanti used the wine the less well-known carricantedruif, originating from the Etna area. Especially the batch of 2009 is worth mentioning.
Belgian market for The Italian wineries in that the Belgian market is still more attractive to them. All of them nod at them approvingly when someone ask them or here to make a profit. “Belgium is really open for our wines”, says Claudio Tipa of Poggio di Sotto, producer of Brunello di Montalcino. “This kind of events (the wijnevent of Stappato, ed.) draws are always an interesting audience.”
Stappato plays there in any case. The young owners go only for Italian wines and are hugely picky. “Low yields and minimal intervention in the vineyards are usually the starting point”, they say. “In the basement is that philosophy to be extended.” In this way, subtle wines with a story behind behind it. Something where Tipa is in can find. “My job is to only bring the grape to guide,” he says. “The soil and climate, you have not in the hand.” (GM)
The wines mentioned in the article, are all available through enoteca Stappato, both in Ghent as in the enoteca, Leuven, belgium), as well as online. The young owners put a book together about their activities and about the twenty most important Italian wineries that can be found in their store. The book ‘the Stappato way or wine with them available.
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