“Terre di Pisa Terre di Vino 2019″ , organized by the Comunication Agency “Darwine & Food”, is an important and charming Wine Exbition, which aims to offer learning opportunities about “Pisa Hills Top Wines” for all: industry operators, connoisseurs and Wine Lovers. It is also an important occasion to promote Pisa and its province with its incredible Cultural, Historic, Wine & Food heritage.
On the 27th and 28th May at the “Chamber of Commerce of Pisa” , 36 Local and talented Winemakers launch their Top Wines made by Sangiovese and International Grapes in ocassion of this stunning event. They are here gathered to represent “Terre di Pisa Wine Production”, a beautiful territory of hills, forests, fields, and olive groves, where Wine History goes back to the Etruscans time. Here grapes grow in an area, which once was covered by the sea, in soils rich on fossil, and composed of sand along the coast and limestone towards the inland. That’s the reason of Fine, Complex and Mineral Wines in Pisa ! Moreover, Pisa Wines Producers boast about the “DOC Terre di Pisa Wine” designation created in 2011 and “Terre di Pisa Wine Consortium” founded in 2018 to classify and protect “Pisa Hills Wines” Here a list of the most important ones:
- “Chianti DOCG Colline Pisane”: It’s a special area with distinctive characteristics, that covers a set of Hills that are close to the sea; these Red Wines tend to be light and soft, displaying a ruby-red color, violet aromas and a dry, fruity and slightly tannic nature when young;
- “DOC Bianco San Torpè”: It’s a fine White Wine mad from Trebbiano, Vermentino and Chardonnay with a specific code of production since 1980 (produced in Terricciola, Morrona, Fauglia, Peccioli, Ghizzano e Palaia). Its name is dedicated to Saint Torpè from Pisa, a Nero’s officer, who-due his conversion to Christianity-was beheaded by the Roman Imperor ;
- “DOC Montescudaio Rosso”: It’s a persistent Red Wine made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese; Its colour is red ruby, and the aroma is intense and fruity (produced in Montescudaio and Castellina Marittima);
- “DOC Montescudaio Bianco”: It’s an harmonious White Wine made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Vermentino (produced in Montescudaio and Castellina Marittima);
- IGT: Free from the stylistic constraints imposed on DOCG and DOC Wines, Toscana IGT Wines can be made into almost any form imaginable, from bone-dry Whites to sweet Reds and sparkling rosés;
- “DOC Terre di Pisa”: It’s a new DOC established in 2011 and is composed of two different Wines Appellations, namely “Terre di Pisa Red”, made from Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and “Terre di Pisa Sangiovese” made from Sangiovese– minimum amount of 95% (produced in Fauglia, Crespina, Lari, Chianni, Capannoli, Palaia, Peccioli, Terricciola, Casciana Terme, Ponsacco, Pontedera, Montopoli V.A., Lajatico, San Miniato Orciano Pisano, Lorenzana and Santa Luce).
There is a packed program of must-attend events and activities: tastings, seminars, and workshops run by industry workers and experts such as:
- Prof. Piero Tonutti, School of Advanced Study Sant’Anna;
- Prof. Claudio D’Onofrio, Pisa University;
- Prof. Gianpaolo Andrich, Pisa University;
- Michèle Shah, Wine Marketing Strategy Expert;
- Alessandro Torcoli, “Italia Wine Chronicle” magazine director;
And last but not least, it’s worth emphasizing the importance of great speeches of two renowned journalists regarding the history and the future of Sangiovese. Let’s begin with Daniele Cernilli , “Doctor Wine Blog” editor. He claims that Salviati Dukes introduce Merlot (1600) in their estate in Migliarino Pisano before French in Bordeaux. Then, Antonio Boco, contributor writer to the famous “Gambero Rosso” Italian Cuisine guide, highlights the economic value generated by IGT and DOC appelations for this terrific corner of Tuscany, whereas quality plays an important role in determining demand. The message is clear! Pisa is something over than the famous Leaning Tower and the city centre. It’s a massive treasure to be discovered by curious travelers from the Wine Tours through the Pisa Hills to “Massacciuccoli Lake”, from the “Parco di San Rossore” to the sandy Coast and the Apuan Alps. Wine and Tourism could become a driving force of job creation, economic growth and development. Howerever, Politicians, Education Institutions, Enterprises and others, must invest in Workforce Development , Skill Formation and Comunication Strategy.
Pisa is certainly a step in the right direction for interest and commitment of private parties, but it still has a long way to go, beacuse it needs a more efficient public administration. By the way, I just realize how many Wine-Growing Small and Medium-Sized Wine Enterprises are scattered everywhere in thiz land kissed by the sun. They define the key success factors in the process of internationalization and enrichment of Pisa and its province. I join a Press Visit at the most enchanting Wineries along the Tyrrhenian Coastline to experience ths Pisa Wine Renaissance:
- “Torre a Cenaia”, Crespina Lorenzana: it is an oasis of peace and tranquility. At “Torre a Cenaia” you can live the experience of a millennial Estate, with its 500 hectares of unspoiled Tuscan countryside, where time seems to have stopped. Wine, Craft Beer, Extravirgin Olive Oil, Restaurants, Events and more. A real unconventional Tuscan Experience not far from Pisa and Livorno;
- “I Giusti e Zanza”, Fauglia: it was born in 1996 from the restoration of an Historical Winery in the Fauglia Hills. Wine has been made here since the 16th century. I find their “Bruno” (100 % Syrah) excellent. “Pierbruno” is a fulll-bodied wine of an intense purple colour. The bouquet features aromatic undertones cherries, blackberries and blueberries.The mouthfeel is fantastic with its softness and extra fine elegance. When you taste it you’ll be greeted with a punch of flavor that tapers off and then has a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste;
- “Sator”, Pomaia: the vineyards cover over 11 hectares in three different plots: Campo San Giovanni, Campo al Pino and Cantina. The Red and White grapes varieties are: Ciliegiolo, Sangiovese, Teroldego, Merlot , Cabernet Franc, Vermentino and Fiano. This is a Family-Run Winery, so most likely you’ll find a family member guiding you on the journey into the World of Wine, starting from their vineyards to the Winery before moving on to the tasting of their Wines, which you can choose to buy afterward as well;
- “Pagani de Marchi”, Casale Marittimo: it dates back to 1996 and it’s very well-known due to a glorious archaeological discovery, the so called “Tomba del Principe Guerriero” (“The War Lord Tomb “) with his “Tasting Wine Kit”(a funeral banquet outfit) . Therefore this domain stretches back into the antiquity (VI – IV centuries B.C.). Their Wine are made by Sangiovese, Merlot , Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.
If you love Wine, Food and Life , Tuscany waits for You. Book your Holiday in Pisa, and left behind all your Worries.