In Italy there are 1200 local grape varieties and Roberto together with The Winesider has been looking for the most uncommon and noble labels, with meticulous research that goes north to south and east to west. Over the years Roberto has understood many things about wines and has met countless wine producers, farmers and sommeliers, some of them extremely knowledgeable, some others a bit unreliable, but he can surely name them all. 


1.  Franciacorta Brut, Franciacorta DOCG BIO 

Excellent ripening of the fruit for a perlage composed exclusively of Chardonnay grapes.On the palate, fine carbon dominated by citrus and sapid notes. 

Region: Lombardy 

Producer:: Biondelli

Grapes: Chardonnay 

ABV: 12.5% / 0.75cl 

Good with seafood, fish and cold cuts

2. Prosecco di Valdobbiadene-Conegliano DOCG

The Andreola company was born as a small family business, but over the last decade it has certainly reached levels of excellence in the world of Prosecco. The Dirupo presents itself with the denomination of Valdobbiadene Superiore and, in addition to the classic glera grape that used for Prosecco, it flanks in a small percentage two other vines: the biancheta and the perera. Very floral with notes of ripe pear. 

Region: Veneto 

Producer:  Azienda Agricola Andreola

Grapes: 90% Glera, 5% Bianchetta, 5% Perera 

ABV: 11.0% / 0.75cl 

Good with: Seafood, fish and cold cuts

3. Maximum Blanc De Blancs, Trento DOC

Fresh and vital gustatory system, enhanced by the velvety softness of the bubbles. The fruity notes typical of Chardonnay are accompanied by yeast fragrances. 

Region: Trentino Alto Adige 

Producer:: Cantine Ferrari

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay 

ABV: 12.5% / 0.75cl 

Good with seafood, fish and cold cuts

4. Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC, 2018

The Lambrusco di casa Chiarli is known for its clarity and transparency. The Cialdini Vineyard is instead dark, earthy, with a blackberry flavor and intense aromas. All this wealth will never be excessive. 

Region: Emilia Romagna 

Producer: Cieto Chiarli & Co

Grapes: 100% Grasparossa 

ABV: 11.0% / 0.75cl 

Good with: Red meats