Durello Spumante Brut ‘Palladiano’
This is a great example of why Inspiring Wines came to be. Few people outside of Italy are aware of how good Durello is, and it is good! Italians know their wine…
It is a fabulous alternative to Prosecco, but it trumps Prosecco with it’s depth and texture and more importantly it is the fizz of choice in all the best Verona bars!
Established in 2003, Adria Vini is a winemaking venture jointly owned by Boutinot and Araldica Castelvero, the leading co-operative in the Monferrato hills of Piemonte. Their aim is to produce authentic, well-priced still and sparkling wines from local grape varieties.
All aspects of production, from grape selection through to vinification, maturation, blending and bottling are meticulously overseen by Araldica’s winemaking team of Claudio Manera and Lella Burdese – assisted by Boutinot’s Tony Brown MW. Production is 12 million bottles annually and the wines are exported to more than 20 countries worldwide. The wines are sourced from a range of private growers and cooperatives, principally in Veneto, Friuli, Lombardy, Sicily, Puglia, Abruzzo and Sardinia.
The Durello grape is local to the Veneto region – grown on the volcanic hillsides of Monti Lessini, between Verona and Vicenza. The name of the grape refers to the small, late-maturing berries (duro = hard). Durello’s naturally high acidity and cool, hillside vineyards produce complex, long lived wines to rival Italy’s finest sparklers.
Production of Durello Spumante is mostly in the hands of a few small growers, traditionally producing bottle fermented wine with up to 6 years on lees. However the variety is also well-suited to the production of fresh, zesty tank method wines such as this – aged for 2-3 months on lees.