Top 5 Italian winemakers to watch

Paula Cook – LE MICCINE

Paula-CookIt was during a family holiday to Italy in 2000 that Paula Cook fell under Tuscany’s spell. She was just 16 years old, but felt a strong connection to the place where her grandparents came from. Back home in Quebec she switched from science to studying agriculture, and progressed to a postgraduate winemaking course in the Loire. Before long she had become the proud owner of a 300-year-old property between Radda in Chianti and Gaiole, with 7ha of vines that had just been replanted.

“Apart from a bit of Merlot, it was all local grapes – Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Sangiovese, which I love for its rustic, rough side and the fact it’s not totally polished,” she says, adding: “Coming in as an outsider has actually been very positive.” Last year her Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 won a Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso, which puts her among an elite band from Chianti including Fontodi and Castello di Volpaia. This year she has kept aside a small tank from the 2014 vintage from he best vineyards to submit as a potential Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.

One Response to “Top 5 Italian winemakers to watch”

  1. Great article. It is good to know that wine interests more and more young generations!

    Portugal has also great winemakers to watch, both recent or traditional wine families.


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