The last day of our Taste of Orvieto trip arrived as so many had with a misty morning. While the mist varies from day to day, this day it was quite thick and visibility was limited. We set off for Palazzone, our favorite vineyard for a special treat.
Giovanni, the vineyard owner, a progressive and avant-garde vintner, also loves tradition. Several years ago he planted a section of his vineyard in the traditional way – with all the grape varieties intermingled rather than separate as is now done. This year was the first they could harvest and press the grapes, which he did, again in the old fashioned way. Grapes were picked all
together, pressed with an old press and placed in a newly built tank to ferment, using only the natural yeast on the grapes. After fermenting the grapes were moved to new barrels, where they will age. All of this is being done in what once was an Etruscan tomb, and where his father first aged his wine.
So our group got to visit the new operation at the top of the hill above Palazzone winery. I had been here several weeks earlier when the temperature was quite warm and you could feel a noticeable coolness in the tomb. At that time the must had not yet been transferred to the casks, where it now rested.