Oaked Pinot Grigio, Fidora, Veneto, Italy 2019

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Oldest organic estate in Italy – family run – advocates of biodiversity

Fidora

We are delighted to introduce you to the trailblazing wines of the Fidora family – the oldest organic estate in the Veneto region. In 1974, Guido Fidora took the decision to convert his family vineyard from conventional to organic viticulture. Behind his decision was a desire to strive towards two key principles – the avoidance of chemicals and the promotion of biodiversity. By the mid 70s, it was widely accepted that using chemicals was the most innovative way to grow crops. Guido noticed that young farmers in the region no longer had access to books, research or teachers who advocated any other form of agriculture other than that which was chemically driven.

At the time of this conversion, Guido was clear that his move to organics should not be seen as a regression or a nostalgic throwback to a bygone era. Rather, in his eyes, it was a leap forward in terms of quality, health, sustainability and, most importantly, environmental responsibility.

Nowadays, the philosophy of the estate, now controlled by Emilio Fidora, continues to revolve around the importance of biodiversity, and they are extremely proud that their vineyards are home to a burgeoning population of hares, foxes, pheasants and countless species of bird. They see the presence of animals as a key indication that their land is healthy, thus allowing them to produce wines that are truly reflective of their natural surroundings.

Oaked Pinot Grigio 2019

Their Oaked Pinot Grigio is produced using a selection of the best grapes of the vintage. They are hand-harvested before a fermentation process utilising only indigenous yeasts. The wine is then left ageing on its lees for 10 months in 500 litre French oak barrels, giving the wine increased weight, richness and texture.

The nose is dominated by notes of white peach, pears and hints of vanilla. The palate is round and creamy yet still maintaining the dry, mineral quality you would expect from top quality Pinot Grigio. An extremely versatile gastronomic wine, ideal as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to grilled and smoked fish, white meats and cheese.

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