Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Grigio, 40% Garganega
Growing Region: Veneto, north-east Italy
Head Winemaker: Giovanni Nordera

Last summer I had the pleasure of spending some time with the family at Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine in Veneto - Italy. This family owned and operated winery has a long and acclaimed history in the production of quality wines and is among the market leaders both in Italy and in international wine markets. After nearly a century of activity, the company continues to innovate and strengthen its position on the international scene.

 

Over the past few years, the next generation of family members have been coming through and taking on key roles in the business. Tradition, innovation, quality, research and passion are all key values that have been passed from generation to generation within the Pasqua family and expressed in all their wine ranges. The grapes for this wine were grown on local vineyard sites, just a short distance from the town of Veneto on a mixture of hilly-slopes and soil types that included clay, limestone and alluvial-pebbles.
The Pinot Grigio and Garganega grapes were separately harvested and pressed - as they have different maturation times and each was lightly macerated on their skins for about 4-8 hours at 6-7°C. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 18°C. Then after a short period of time the wines were then tasted, blended and then rested in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
In the glass you have a pale straw colour with a green tinged edge. On the nose the wine is fresh and lively with citrus & apple aromas which carry on through to create a bright palate. The wine has well balanced fruit and crisp refreshing acidity, with interwoven layers of fresh pears, bramble apples and a subtle mineral note. A fresh and vibrant wine with plenty of crisp green fruits, citrus driven acidity and a well balanced dry finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

A crisp, vibrant and refreshing white wine.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until the end of 2014.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine as an aperitif or paired with shellfish, delicate seafood pasta dishes and lightly dressed summer salads, enjoy.