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Regions

Wine people share a fetish for maps. I love maps. That said, if you are knee-deep in a website like this one, you probably know where Tuscany is, and what it looks like. So we’ve decided to have fun with it, to share our “mental maps” and various drawings of the places our wines come from instead of the typical topographic/appellation-laden cartography that graces the pages of many a fine importer’s website.

This is a leap for us. It feels weird. Our instinct was to bog down in the details: we are wine nerds, too. Help us out by cutting a little slack at first: this part of the site will grow and change, and I dream of it becoming a beautiful little corner populated with imagery from your minds as well as ours. Which leads to my other point. Send us your renderings of favorite wine lands in Europe. We’ll post them (as appropriate to our product catalog) and I think will grow a more compelling view of where wine comes from in the process.

In summary: need a detailed map? Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson have you covered, or even Michelin. Need a weird, bordering-on inept sketch of what it feels like to be on the ground in these vineyards to us, including rough approximations of where our farms are landed? Perfect! Here you go.

 

Piemonte

Can arguably the greatest of all Italian wine regions also be somewhat undiscovered by tourists? We are there in the off-season. During the heady days of harvest and fresh white truffle season our producers are far too busy. Incredible landscapes, …

Tuscany

It is the heart of Italy. It looks so Italian. That’s a dumb thing to write, but I think it’s also kinda undeniable. I may be one of a billion people dreaming of a future in a house on a …

Puglia

It hooked into my heart pretty quickly. Puglia resonated and within a day I felt affinity for all of it. I like it more because it is flawed, scrappy and proud and ugly. The baroque hillside town of Mottola, ringed …

Abruzzo

I want to visit Abruzzo in warm months, to buy live Dover sole from fishermen who sell the night’s catch from their small boats on the beach at Francavilla al Mare in the morning. And then I want to cook …

Friuli

It’s a bad habit. Why do wine people shoehorn everything into French molds? It’s an intellectual shortcut. We lose nuance in the process. Still… a few days into my last trip through Friuli, tangible shape emerged. The hilly, marl-rich areas …

Veneto

Truthfully, I’ve yet to get a handle on the Veneto. I’ve been there, kicked around, even bought some wine. I have indelible memories. Numbingly cold snaking stone alleys of Venice, wandering long past midnight to rid myself of jet lag …

Valtellina (Lombardy)

Valtellina is a rare west-east valley in northern Italy, bordering Switzerland. The natural border is formed by the Alps: go over the top and Switzerland begins. Surprisingly, Valtellina and the Grissoni area of southern Switzerland were a single political entity …

Emilia-Romagna

Walking along the Po River at night. It is a cool evening in autumn. The river is flowing with purpose after significant rains. Tree trunks have surrounded a helpless small boat moored near a beer hall on the river’s bank. …

Alto Adige

The rivers Adige and Isarco meet at the city of Bolzano and form a Y-shaped growing area that is the Alto Adige. Within the overall appellation of Alto Adige there are seven sub zones, areas that produce wines of varying …