The 2020 Vintage from Vini Di Giovanni…“Il pastore che fa il vino”, a third-generation shepherd who not only is “the shepherd who makes wine” but also delicious cheese and olive oil from ancient Unesco protected Umbrian trees.
Originally Sardinian, he moved to Umbria as a young child where he grew up and married Cosetta. Several years ago planted 3 hectares of grapes to make all indigenous varietals and also planting the Sardinian Vermentino. The sheep, trees and grapes are all farmed on organic soil in the elevated, rugged and mountainous central wine region of Umbria, Pianello. At 300 metres above sea level, the organic soil is a mixture of marl coming from an ancient salt lake and limestone rock. All wines are unfiltered and unfined with zero sulphites added even down to the labels that are made from the grass in winery, as Giovanni says “to capture the magical expression of the fruit and the earth”. This is straight up strawberry fizz made from Ciliegiolo.