Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 6: Ponte — Roccaraso [Aremogna]

Giro_2016_00-06When Marcel Kittel did not have what it takes to win, another German sprinter stepped in. But today’s stage is not a stage for the sprinters. Stage 6 takes us into the Apennines, and is the first stage this year with a top finsih. It is not the hardest climb, but a climb that will leave the sprinters behind.


We start in Campania. But we drank the best wines of Campania yesterday, or at least we talked about them.

We start in the district Sannio DOC. It includes many types of wine, and could be almost any wine from the Benevento province, which means that it is difficult to indicate a style. The best local producers are knoen to be De Lucia, Fattoria Torre Gaia, Antica Masseria Venditti,Nifo Serrapchiello, Oppiala Aminea and Corte Normanna.

We soon come into Taburno, which have two DOCs covering the same area: Aglianico del Taburno DOC and Taburno DOC. There is no prize for guessing that Aglianico del Taburno DOC is or red wine made from Aglianico, and Taburno DOC is for other wines. Taburno is located rather high above sea level, which means low night temperatures. That will often give more tasteful grapes, and it is particularly good for Aglianico.

We will also be passing through the more or less overlapping Solopaca DOC and Guardia Sanframondi DOC. Solopaca is said to be one of the more boring DOC in the province, at least from a wine lover’s perspective. Guardia Sanframondi DOC is very like Solopaca. Most of the wine procued are drunk locally.

Then we are leaving Campania, and continue into Molise. Frankly, Molise is not a very interesting wine region. The stage is passing through Pento d’Isernia DOC. The production here is very low, and the wine is hard to find outside this area.

We end in Abruzzo. Roccaraso is a skiing resort in the Apennines. In skiing resorts up in the mouintain, we do not find much wine, at least not wine produced in the area. But we do not have to go far to find the most well known wines from Abruzzo: The white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and the red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Trebbiano is a white grape that does not produce very intersting wines. I would have chosen a red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

As I have said a few times, Italian classified wines are often labeled [grape] + [area]. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is such a DOC: Wines produced from the grape Montepunlciano in Abruzzo. But this can be very confusing, and I am not the only one who have been fooled by this. In Tuscany, there is a town called Montepulciano, and there they produce the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulcioano DOC. This wine is produced with Sangiovese. For some time, I found that wines that I thought was closely related, was so different. Eventually I learned that they are not closely related, more than being red wines from Italy. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a rather light to medium bodied wine, with a lot of fruit in the taste. But the style varies. Vino Nobile di Montepulcioano DOC is a more full bodied wine.

Pick some wines from the start, and end with some red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Italian Wines 2016

1890142174Italian Wines is published yearly by Gambero Rosso. This is a detailed guide to Italian Wines. 22 000 wines from 2 400 producers are listed in the book. If you want to fine the best wines from the various regions of Italy, this is your guide. This is a type of book I usually use when I am visiting producers, to find the producers to visit.

The book is available in a paper edition and a Kindle edition. One year, I bought the Kindle edition. But for this kind of book, I prefer the paper version. It is available from Amazon UK on paper and for Kindle. And from Amazon US in paperback and as Kindle edition.

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