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Volcanic Wines

 

The major factors that influence how a wine tastes are its grape variety, climate and the human factors of winemaking and viticulture, but it all begins with the soil, the dirt from which the vine is nourished. Varying soil types, their fertility, water retain capacity and mineral content all play a part in the wine's quality and style.

The world of wine is dotted with little pockets of volcanic regions, whether active or long extinct, and these soils impart their own distinctive character in the resulting wines. Generally speaking, volcanic regions are low in fertility, which is great for grapevines as this encourages the vine to produce sweeter and richer berries. The wines from these regions certainly do echo the drama of volcanoes and many wine drinkers seek out the wines for their distinctive minerality, and crisp acidity.

For further reading, we thoroughly recommend John Szabo's comprehensive book on the topic, Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power.

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  1. Feudi di San Gregorio 2018 Falanghina 'Albente'In stock
    Feudi di San Gregorio is a thoroughly modern winery making wines which are vibrant and fruit forward. Their Falaghnina... Learn More
  2. Cave Saint Verny 2018 Pinot Noir Puy de Dome 'Les Volcans'In stock
    From the Volcanoes of the Auvergne in Central France. Medium bodied, crisp and elegant with delicious red berry... Learn More
  3. Principe Pallavicini 2019 FrascatiIn stock
    Pallavicini is an historic estate based in Frascati and grows a number of local varieties such as Malvasia di Candia,... Learn More
  4. Principe Pallavicini 2019 Malvasia Puntinata RomaIn stock
    This is a fabulous wine made from the rare and very exciting Malvasia Puntinata, named after the tiny dark spots on the... Learn More
  5. Pieropan 2019 Soave ClassicoIn stock
    Soave is a candidate for Italy's greatest wine region, and Pieropan is its leading producer. Amazingly complex wines,... Learn More
  6. Karl Heinz Johner 2016 Spatburgunder KaiserstuhlIn stock
    Pinot Noir grown on the volcanic soil of Baden's Kaiserstuhl. Red cherries and delicate earthy flavours with crispness... Learn More
  7. Chateau Dereszla 2013 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 50clIn stock
    Tokaji is one of my favourite sweet wines. Prized by the Tsars for its richness, it also has penetrating acidity which... Learn More
  8. Gaia Estate Thalassitis 2018 Assyrtiko SantoriniIn stock
    Santorini is a sunken volcano in the Aegean which produces distinctive white wines from its native variety Assyrtiko.... Learn More
  9. Idda by Graci & Gaja 2017 Etna RossoIn stock
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    This is a project that has anticipated for many years, being the subject of much excitement in the Italian wine scene.... Learn More
  10. Dr Loosen 2016 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Grosses Gewachs Alte RebenIn stock
    Urziger Wurzgarten is pure volcanic soil and from vines which are 120+ years old which lend a mineral vibrancy to the... Learn More
  11. Santa Maria La Nave 2015 Grecanico Dorato 'Millesulmare'In stock
    This is an absolute beauty from Etna made from vineyards at over 1100 metres elevation and made from a proportion of... Learn More
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