Slightly buttery, high acidity, citrus, floral and mineral notes
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Grapes are hand harvested then destemmed and pressed. The individual grape varieties are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks and ferment for about 2 weeks. The wine macerates on the skins for about 3 days. The wine spends about 8 months on the fine lees to enrich the flavor, with a small amount of battonage performed and one racking to clarify the wine a little bit. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with a small addition of sulfur.
Armonia creates three distinct lines of wine, POP, CRU, and LAB. The POP wines are the affordable, easy-drinking wines from Volcanic Soils a bit further away from the winery. These vines are all cultivated organically, and are in process of converting to biodynamics. All of the wines at Armonia are fermented with indigenous yeast
Before starting the winery, Andrea Pendin was a trained chef. He made the first vintage of Armonia wine in 2009 and now cultivates 10 hectares of vines in the Vicenza hills in the Veneto. He also operates the excellent nearby restaurant Fare Cibo, which showcases the best of the local ingredients alongside a fantastic selection of natural wines.
Grapes: 40% Incrocio Manzoni, 40% Pinot Bianco, 20% Durella
Incrocio is italian for vine cross. Incrocio Manzoni grapes are made from one of Signor Manzoni's many crosses of one Vinifera variety with another. His Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13, RieslingxPinot Blanc, often known as Manzoni Bianco is the mostly widely planted with 943 acres throughout Italy, but especially in the south.
Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc) is a historically French Variety, first observed in Burgundy at the end of the 19th century. It is a white mutation of Pinot Gris (which is itself a lighter berried version of Pinot Noir). Although it originated in Burgundy, today it is found all over Europe. Pinot Blanc is notable for it's piercing aroma and perfumed notes.
Durella is a tart white grape of Veneto. In 2010 around 1,158 acres were grown, a relatively small quantity compared to other varietals. High levels of acidity make it a versatile variety, and it is used to make still, sparkling and dessert wines. Durella wines tend to be reasonably light and delicate in most of their forms, with floral, citrusy characters and mineral overtones. Many of Armonia’s wines feature the local grape Durella, a late ripening, high acid white grape, which Andrea says always brings an essence of freshness and acidity to the wine.
Veneto is Italy's most productive wine region in the north east. It stretches westerward to Lake Garda and northward to the Alps and the Austrian border. Within this region is the city of Venice, an important power int he wine trade of the Middle Ages, whose legacy has shaped some wines in Veneto and even elsewhere. Much of this regions wines are characterized by high volume, pleasant, easy drinking wines (think Pinot Grigio and Prosecco). However, small producers in the region provide exceptional and interesting wines through focusing on terroir rather than volume.
Tasting notes: slightly buttery, high acidity, citrus, floral and mineral notes
Recommended pairings: Morroccan chicken tagine, tofu ramen