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

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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.

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Comments (8)

  • Interesting but quite pricey, aren't they? I have no doubt that they're worth it, given the unique production process, but still... I mean, for that kind of money I'd rather go for some bottles of excellent single malt 😊

      4 months ago
    • I know, in fact, it depends on how passionate you are. Example: I have some Harry Potter gadgets that others think are wasted money, but I wouldn't exchange them for anything else. It's one of those cases where passion is everything!

        4 months ago
    • Yup, I can relate to that! Some people spend money on expensive watches and I've been told that girls spend a lot of money on shoes (but that's probably just a rumour 😁). I've spent quite some money on cars but this is of course very sensible......

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        4 months ago
  • Beautiful! I am going to check if they can be found in the US.

      4 months ago
  • Nice piece!

      4 months ago