2019 "Spoleto"

Trebbiano Spoletino DOC 

CANTINA FRATELLI PARDI

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We couldn't be more excited to introduce you to Trebbiano SPOLETINO --- you'll notice we write "Spoletino" in all caps to emphasize this specific variety.  "Trebbiano" covers a whole host of Italian white grape varieties: like Trebbiano Toscano (from Tuscany), Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (from Abruzzo) and Trebbiano di Soave (from Veneto), yet DNA studies show that many of these are genetically unrelated to one another!  Trebbiano Spoletino is a completely separate white grape variety that grows exclusively around the town of Spoleto in Italy's central region of Umbria.  So if you've had a Trebbiano before, but it wasn't specifically "Spoletino", you were trying another wine entirely!  If you're confused, don't worry!  Italian grapes, wines and naming confuses us too!

 

THE WINE

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2019 "Spoleto" Trebbiano Spoletino DOC by Cantina Fratelli Pardi

Grape:  100% Trebbiano Spoletino

Region:  Umbria

Tasting Notes:  Delicately scented with white spring blossoms and a whiff of tropical fruit, this medium-bodied white wine offers pineapple, ripe melon and nectarine zest.  Lively acidity brightens the enveloping texture.

Recommended Drink Window:  Best now until 2030

 

Temperature of Service:  50-54° F

 

Decanting:  No decanting necessary

Trebbiano is one of the most planted grapes in Italy, and the world, but it tends to get a bad rap.  Many associate it with vast quantities and dull, mediocre wines but this is not true! Let's clear the record.  Trebbiano covers a whole host of Italian white grape varieties (Trebbiano Toscano (from Tuscany), Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (from Abruzzo) and Trebbiano di Soave (from Veneto)), yet DNA studies show that many of these are genetically unrelated to one another!  So why bunch them under the same umbrella "Trebbiano" name? We don't know...

But let's talk specifically about Trebbiano SPOLETINO:

Trebbiano Spoletino's popularity has really started to take off over the last decade.  It was known in the 19th century, but many producers chose other grapes over it.  Just to give you an idea, 10 years ago only ~5 wineries grew Spoletino.  Now it's up to maybe ~25 or so producers!   Still a tiny amount, but it's slowly coming back and we're excited to get to introduce you to it if you've never tasted Spoletino before.

The grapes grow around the town of Spoleto (where it takes its name) and Montefalco, so many producers cultivating Sagrantino (the grape of Montefalco) are choosing to produce this white Spoletino as well.

 

The Pardi family comes from Montefalco, in Umbria.  Montefalco is known as “the balcony of Umbria”, thanks to its extraordinary geographical position: it is located on a hilltop and overlooks the valleys of the Clitunno, Topino and Tiber.

Cantina Fratelli Pardi's story begins in 1919 when the three brothers, Alfredo, Francesco and Alberto Pardi established the winery. Back then, the winery was located on the ground floor of the San Marco hospital, that belonged to the stately building of Saint Francis in Montefalco.  Alfredo was in charge of accountancy, Francesco worked in the vineyard and winery and Alberto marketed the wines.  The grapes used for the wine production partly belonged to the family and some were bought from other local landowners.  White and red wines were produced and marketed, but it was the Sagrantino, exclusively “Passito”, (a sweet wine) to be the foremost.  In 1925 at the exhibition of Oils and Wines, the Pardi Brothers were awarded the silver medal for the red wines by the Minister of National Economy.  The wines were sold all over Umbria, and eventually out of the region, to eminent customers such as the Vatican.  In 2002 the founder’s great grandchildren, Francesco, Gianluca Rio and Alberto Mario, driven by the will of the Pardi family to keep on the tradition, and with the help of their parents, Agostino and Alberto, restored the building in Montefalco and revived their great-grandfathers winery. 

 

Today, the brothers Alberto Mario and Gianluca Rio, with their enthusiasm and hard work, are the new era of the Pardi wine’s legacy.  All the wines are produced by using only the grapes of the Pardi family’s vineyard.  The winery covers an area of about 11 hectares (~27 acres) in the municipal district of Montefalco and the yearly production is around 50,000-55,000 bottles.  Today, the same philosophy that fed the thought of the family is preserved and handed down by the new generations with love.

 

FOOD PAIRING

Trebbiano Spoletino is perfect to pair with raw fish or seafood carpaccio, first courses of structure based on fish, savory main courses such as stewed fish or white meats.

For our recipe pairing we chose classic handmade pasta from Umbria called "strangozzi" with a delicious sauce of guanciale and asparagus!

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