Top 10 volcanic wines

3 – AA Zidarich 2011 Vitovska, Friuli

A stunningly fresh, floral, concentrated white from native Vistovska grapes grown on the calcerous, karst red soil of Friuli.

Volcanic soils are generally both fertile and very porous, and in this volcanic region contribute to some of the most delicious and distinctive wines in Italy.

The vine roots grow deep into the bedrock at an altitude of 260-280m above sea level. Zidarich uses high-density planting (8-10,000 vines/ha), and works with minimal intervention, with wild fermentation and 10 days’ skin contact. The wine is aged in Slavonian barrels for two years before release.

4 Responses to “Top 10 volcanic wines”

  1. Nick Oakley says:

    Etna, Santorini, Tenerife, Pantellaria. I get these. But Alsace? Volcanic?

    • Olivier Humbrecht says:

      There were two types of volcanic activity in the region: submarine in south Alsace, before the emergence of the VOsges mountains above sea level, and more recently in the Kaiserstuhl in Germany. The ashes and vocanic dusts sedimented in the sea and got compacted as the Vosges were pushed out of the sea in a rock called Grauwacke.

  2. Luigi says:

    I cannot believe that any wines from the Campania region was not featured! Greco Di Tufo, Lacryma Christi to name but 2.

  3. See the wonder book by John Szabo MW call Volcanic Wines, recently available online too. Beside the well known regions, some lovely pockets of volcanic terroir to discover.

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