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Vineyards in Piedmont

Piedmont’s treasure of lesser-known native grape varieties

Piedmont has a wealth of little-known traditional varieties. Time to discover them! The wine region Piedmont in north-western Italy is best known for its powerful Nebbiolo wines Barolo and Barbaresco, its fruity Barbera and sweet Moscato wines. But the region has much more to offer. Piedmont hosts an impressive range of indigenous (autochthonous) grape varieties […]

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The hills and vineyards of Lessona with the Alps

Nebbiolo is more than Barolo and Barbaresco!

There is much more to discover in Piedmont than just the well-known classics of Barolo and Barbaresco. Today the region is bubbling with a new generation of winemakers, almost like the Far West, and small wine regions that are in the process of rebuilding their wine production. Much, though not all, is about nebbiolo in […]

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Old bottles of Barbaresco

Discover the elegant nebbiolos from Barbaresco

Barbaresco was recently named “Wine Region of the Year” by the wine tasting association Munskänkarna. The region has perhaps languished in the shadow of the more famous neighbour Barolo, but that is about to change. “Two of Italy´s most prestigious wines are the Piedmontese stars Barolo and Barbaresco. Both made from 100% of the autochthonous […]

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Principiano wines, Piedmont

Festive and everyday wines from Piedmont from Ferdinando Principiano

If you try to find out more about Ferdinando Principiano, it turns out that the family in the nineties tried to cater to a wide audience with immediate appeal. In the early 00s, the orientation had changed considerably and the winemaking had returned to a more traditional production. No added yeast, clinically pure in the […]

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The wine cellar at Rocca di Frassinello, Maremma

More on Maremma: Meet two of the producers on the Tuscan coast

Antinori’s Le Mortelle and Rocca di Frassinello. Maremma is the new kid on the block in Tuscany. The region received its appellation as late as 2014. But it is a region with a history with ties back to the beginning of the “super-tuscans” in nearby Bolgheri. “When Antinori bought the land here in 1999, there […]

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Rocca di Frassinello vineyards in Maremma

An introduction to Maremma, the new kid on the block in Tuscany

Discover the unknown Tuscany by the coast! Maremma is Tuscany’s Wild West. Horses and cowboys. Rolling fields, quaint villages and gorgeous white beaches by the crystal blue sea. But also a wine region that offers a wide variety of wines. Maremma was until not long ago an area that was avoided if one could. There […]

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Tuscan landscape – FEATURE

Fattoria Bini, a historic wine estate near Florence in Tuscany | Britt on Forbes

Visualize a villa from the early 16th century, near Florence; build by an enemy of the mighty Medici family. You can easily imagine intrigues of various kinds taking place here. Today, life at the Terraio Villa is probably much quieter. The passion is still there but now it goes into the excellent wines made here. […]

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A Sicilian speciality, black rice and rabbit stew

Italy FAQ: tipping, restaurants, transport, shopping

Handy tips on tipping customs, shopping hours, restaurant etiquette, taxi and transport, and more One should perhaps not take too seriously rules about how to behave. On the other hand, it can be dangerous to be totally ignorant about local customs and traditions when travelling in a foreign country. So here are a few half […]

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Olive grove

Mandranova – High-quality Sicilian extra virgin olive oil

“How many Sicilian olive varieties do you know? Here are five examples of excellent extra virgin olive oil made with five different varieties on the biggest island in the Mediterranean. The farm Mandranova is one of Sicily’s most appreciated olive oil producers. It is run by Giuseppe and Silva Di Vincenzo, their beautiful farm is […]

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Tolaini wines

Tolaini – back to the roots in Chianti Classico

“Pierluigi Tolaini bought a one-way ticket to Canada when he was twenty years old. When he returned to Tuscany it was for making wine. Of the highest quality. Join us on a journey between Tuscany and Canada. Pierluigi Tolaini was only 20 years old when he left Tuscany for Canada in 1956. -He had bought […]

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Luigi and Debora Bonsignore

Sicilian entrepreneurs create wine, food and travel experiences

“This is not the story of the Sicilians that decided to stay and try to change things from within. It is not the story about those who decided to leave, trying to start over. Instead, this is the story of those who left, became successful, and chose to come back.” Read Åsa Johansson’s article on […]

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Wine bottles aging in the cellar

2013 in Brunello di Montalcino shows its strengths

The week of Tuscan previews, anteprima, ended with the presentation of Brunello di Montalcino 2013 and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012. An appointment you do not want to miss. Even Sting came by and played some songs the last day. BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson reports and picks her favourites among all the wines tasted. Read […]

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An old wine cellar & oak barrels

Noble wines in new vintages: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 and 2013

During the week of Tuscan previews, anteprime, invited journalists travel from one town to the next starting in Florence, to taste new vintages of the region’s wines. When it was time for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, hopes were high, but how did it actually go? BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson reports from the tasting. Read Åsa […]

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An elegant wine cellar & oak barrels

Tuscany presents its recent vintages, Chianti Classico 2015 and 2016

Each year, Tuscany presents the recent vintages in a gigantic tasting, the so-called “anteprima”. BKWine’s reporter Åsa Johansson was there: “I concentrated on Chianti Classico 2016, where many producers chose to have barrel samples of wines not yet bottled, and Chianti Classico 2015. After two days of tasting and spitting sitting at a table, while […]

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Grillo Parlante from Sicily

The Sicilian grape grillo on the stage, Il Fondo Antico wines prize

Lorenza Scianna is a winemaker at the wine producer Il Fondo Antico in western Sicily, not far from Marsala. She was one of the first to believe in the characteristics of the grape grillo and since 2002 she makes a wine with a hundred percent grillo called Grillo Parlante (the talking grasshopper). At the end […]

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Toast with fresh tomatoes and herbs with olives

Olive oil and wine from Dievole, a producer in Tuscany

“ ‘Wine producers usually see the production of olive oil as a problem and not as an opportunity. Here at Dievole, it is the first time I see a long-term ambitious project’, says Stefano Capurso, General Manager of Dievole.” “Dievole is a farm located in the southern part of Chianti Classico in a landscape that […]

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Tasting Piromafo igp Salento from Apuplia

The Heel of Italy, Apulia, makes some excellent wines

“Elio Minoia is a low-profile winemaker and a big smile at the winery Valle dell’Asso. The winery is located in Galatina, just outside Lecce in Salento, at the bottom of the Italian heel, in Apulia or Puglia as it is also called. Elio has worked side by side with the founder of the winery, Luigi […]

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A wine tasting in Barolo

8 Barolos from 1970

“I had the opportunity to try eight barolos from 1970, recently bought, ranging in price from 50 euro to 100 euro, in a German online store. The Barolo 1970 vintage came at a period of transition. Chemical treatments in the vineyards were still a novelty. The Nebbiolo wines had traditionally been built for a long […]

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Vineyards in a foggy valley in Piedmont

Ferdinando Principiano in three versions from Piedmont

Ferdinando Principiano is a small producer of high-quality wines from Piedmont. Principiano is based in Monforte d’Alba, in the Barolo region but Ferdinando also makes wines in other denominations. We recently had the occasion to taste three of his wines when they were launched on the Swedish market, but they are also distributed internationally. Read […]

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Le Marche landscape, lush green with rolling hills

“I felt like an important VIP guest!”, said a traveller on a wine tour in Le Marche

Le Marche, on the eastern side of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, is a treasure trove of well-hidden delicacies, both food and wine. You can find outstanding wines, often made from grape varieties that you have never heard of before: pecorino (yes, the grape, not the cheese), Montepulciano (a grape it too, not the village), […]

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