Italy is a hotbed for natural wine producers where organic lifestyle and growing has long met the reverence of produce in its simplest form. Indeed, many of Italy’s greatest wine producers have always been natural, knowing no different in the use of zero intervention in winemaking, utility of neutral vessels in raising wines and farming without chemicals.
Names like Radikon, Rinaldi, Cappellano, Princic, are known for their historical legacy in natural wine, while other producers, like Gabrio Bini of Serragghia or Frank Cornellissen, have gained cult status for their incredible work in raising profile of overlooked regions.
Weave into this a long history of pet nat winemaking (metodo ancestrale, as it is locally called, or col fondo as in Prosecco); and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia stronghold of traditional orange winemaking (which stretches far beyond this region). Alongside this we see a culture of light, fresh reds as reinterpretations of classic styles and saline minerally white wines that work superbly with a breadth of cuisine.
The next layer is the exploration of Italy’s remarkable number of indigenous grape varieties, many of which are endangered and have been championed by the growing sect of natural vignerons.
In essence, you have some of the most special and unique, wonderful natural wines on earth, and better yet, we have Giorgio de Maria, importer extraordinaire, co-founder of the retired natural wine festival Rootstock Sydney, and all ‘round good guy, to help host us on this epic masterclass event.
Date: Tuesday 16 March
Place: P&V Paddington, 268 Oxford Street
Light Snacks provided