Etruscan wine: a return to the origins
The Etruscans were the first vine growers in the Italian peninsula. Today in Arezzo, Italy, some wines made on the model of the Etruscans are growing
Did you know that the first Italian wines are of Etruscan origin? The viticulture and winemaking models were primordial, but for millennia, they were the basis of production of white and red grapes.
The concrete evidence of Etruscan winemaking dates back to the 7th century BC., with pottery and descriptions of great Latin agronomists and writers.
The Etruscans did not leave important writings: only a little evidence and information transmitted by Latin and Arab writers.
Indeed the Romans Plutarch and Pliny wrote extensively about it, they developed the Etruscan method, they looked for different vines and varieties, not only the oldest red-berried ones but also the white or yellow ones.
Tarazona farm: the wine of the ancient Etruscans
And today a few kilometres from Arezzo, the Tarazona farm has recreated the production and oenological model of the ancient history of Album wines (today based on Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes), Vinum and Uvem (two wines based on Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo, Sangiovese Grosso, Trebbiano, Malvasia).
The company exclusively produces wines with the ancient method of 2500-3000 years ago adopted by the Etruscans: 60-120 year old vines, animal fertilizer, no plowing with motorized mechanical means. Subsequently, the wine is placed in large thick jars, then put 3 meters underground where humidity and temperature are constant.
Thus, a selection of wines aged 3 years, 1500 bottles and 150 2-litre amphorae in porcelain decorated in pure gold is created.
Vinum and Uvem, two of the company's 4 labels, are vibrant but not heavy wines. The colour is a deep ruby red. They have a unique, very intense, fruitful scent with a hint of honey and resin.
This is an incredible wine, suitable only for those who can also appreciate its cultural and historical value.