Panevino = Soul + Spirit
This masterclass explores the Panevino story of loss, creation, and international community.
The distinctive Sardinian wines of Gianfranco Manca sing of the place in which they are made and the weather of each year. Pan-e-vino means bread wine. The name harkens back to Gianfranco’s youth working in his uncle’s bakery. Here his creative journey began, learning the nature of yeast through making traditional Sardinian breads. When he inherited the bakery, it came with a neglected parcel of old vines and although he started making wine in the 1980s, it wasn’t until 2015 that he bottled them to share with the world.
Today Gianfranco is the custodian of five hectares of vines around Nurri, not far from Cagliari in Sardinia. Cannonau is the predominant grape variety in the vineyards, planted alongside twenty-nine other varieties including monica, giro, vernaccia, nuragus and retellada. Each year the Panevino wines change to reflect the character of the fruit that year. This usually results in a change in the blend of grapes, style of wine and the label. Some of the names stick around though, like Alvas and U.V.A.
In the last five years Panevino suffered three years of loss. In 2015 the area was struck by hail the size of oranges, days before the harvest began. 2017 was a year of terrible drought, and after 44 days of rain the 2018 fruit was lost to mildew. The winery was struggling to survive, but help was at hand.
Giorgio De Maria, Anton von Klopper (Lucy Margaux) and Tom Shobbrook (Shobbrook wines) invited Gianfranco and his son Isacco to make wine in South Australia in 2019. Sourcing grapes from Vine Vale and Magpie Spring, Gianfranco was able to make four Australian wines.
Join Giorgio De Maria and Mike Bennie to taste the Panevino story in eight wines.
Light snacks will be provided – only 15 seats available – jump on it!
date: 20 August 2020