Yesterday, I took part in a virtual tasting of these three stunning wines from Grupo Mezzacorona. Head winemaker Maurizio Maurizi creates wines made from grapes grown sustainably in the Italian Alps and Sicily, and he walked us through the process of creating these distinct styles that span terroirs at the country’s northernmost and southernmost tips.
The Mezzacorona Rosé is made from Teroldego grapes grown along the Adige Valley, north of Trento, in alluvial soil. It pours out light pink-violet, with aromas of ripe red berries, geraniums, rose petals. Lovely burst of acidity, very refreshing, with a weightier mouthfeel than you’d expect.
The Rotari Brut Rosé is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in limestone soil at the foothills of the Dolomites, about 1,500-2,000 feet above sea level. The diurnal shift creates tension and liveliness to the wine, and a minerality that adds length and power to the floral, red fruit notes. That toasted biscotti I love in bubbles is there too.
The Stemmari is made from the Sicilian Nero d’Avola grapes grown on sandy soils in the Ragusa province. Light ruby pink, with notes of strawberries, raspberries, black cherries. Crisp, with a robust acidity.
The wines are delicious, but what impressed me more is Maurizio’s passion for sustainability in both the environmental and economic sense. About half of their energy for vineyard and winery production up north and down south comes from renewable energy, they use low-emission company cars, they’ve lightened glass bottles, they’ve ramped up biodiversity in their vineyards and they are moving aggressively toward a reduction in pesticide use. As we face an arguably scarier and more challenging world, it is more important than ever I think to deeply consider the affect our actions can have on others.