Top 10 volcanic wines

6 – Vigneti di Foscarino 2011 Inama Soave Classico, Veneto

Soave is one of the most celebrated volcanic winegrowing regions of the world, and where one of the speakers at the Volcanic Wines seminar, Giovanni Ponchia, is based. An oenologist and Soave Producers’ Consortium representative, Ponchia works with producers all over the world to promote volcanic wines.

This wine from Soave Classico is from grapes grown on grey and green tufa and basalt, 100-200m above sea level.

Fermentation in barriques, with batonnage taking place every four weeks for six months. The wine is then aged for six to seven months in barriques. This softens the mineral profile of the wine, while the basalt soil also contributes to a more rounded flavour.

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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