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Vinitaly 2017: Fattoria La Maliosa’s Procanico selected for the “rare wines tasting”, led by Ian D’Agata

Now in its sixth year at Vinitaly. Italy’s most important wine fair, Fattoria La Maliosa’s constant commitment to the preservation of the Tuscan Maremma’s historical native and rare vine varieties has been rewarded. At 3pm on April 9 at Verona Fiere, Ian D’Agata, one of the world’s leading experts of Italian indigenous grape varieties and the author of Native Wine Grapes of Italy, the only book written by an Italian to have won the Louis Roederer International Wine Awards’ Book of the Year, will lead a tasting of just 18 wines and one grappa. The selection criteria was based on rarity and representation of the entire national territory. A choice that unites varieties with very different oenological potential, but with the same necessity to be safeguarded safeguards in within Italian germplasm conservation.

To be awarded is the work of the Associazione Nazionale Donne del Vino, which has stood out for its defence of the heritage of rare Italian varieties as an element of diversity useful in shaping the oenological identity and bringing more attractiveness for wine tourism and wine territories. “It is one of the greatest tasting of its kind ever carried out” – explains President Cinelli Colombini – and will have an extraordinary audience that includes Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, buyers and journalists from around the world, led by one of the world’s leading experts of indigenous Italian grapes: Ian D’Agata. It’s a memorable event that’s never before been realized. It represents a milestone in the rediscovery of lesser known and endangered Italian grape varieties”. Continue reading…

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2016 at La Maliosa Farm

In 2016, the WEATHER, despite being hot, dry and somewhat “normal”, provided challenges and food for thought in terms of future management, concluding a three-year period in which each vintage has presented peculiarities that brought both confirmations and new lessons. Continue reading…

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Producing grapes the “natural” way: the year 2015 at La Maliosa

The grape harvest has just begun with the Ciliegiolo and summer has already been preserved in the form of thin, elongated, skinny, very healthy clusters. Even the thick juice struggles to leave the crusher for the fermentation vat. It’s strong in colour and intensely fruity.

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What is a wine artisan?

I’ve never been very good at writing, but I have definitely been well instructed by my teacher and thesis supervisor, Professor Carlo, who let me ‘build’ my thought process and the relative sentences with a mimicry of apparent agreement. Then, after a while, his face would become grim and, after pronouncing “but”, would begin an analysis and precise ‘reinterpretation’ of the text that, almost always, ended with an entirely new version. Every word weighed and then punctuated… and so I grew and, alongside the scientific values, learnt how to better wield my pen.

I continued this exercise for almost four decades in the field of scientific research and have improved in the more appropriate use of my vocabulary, but never enough.

Since entering the world of wine, particularly that which pertains to certain identifications (organic, biodynamic, natural, artisanal), I have always been quite confused and sometimes even perplexed by the distance between these declarations and the reality. I have often thought these terms were used more to “blow one’s own horn” than as a real description of the facts. It is certainly not my intent to enter into this cute and quirky company that I have always listened to willingly. I would rather, pushed on by my past, divulge the true meaning of the terms used to identify us. In the field of farming and applied biology, I think it’s always important and necessary to speak the truth and fully explain the why behind our decisions.

For example, Maliosa has a set vineyard size of about eight hectares and this logically makes it a real wine artisan. Continue reading…

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2014 at Maliosa, as I remember it

Wine, between extraordinary and unique specificity, has the measure of time, that which flows or flows away and that which remains witness to the past. It’s for this reason that we try, now that the wine is racked, to retrace the 2014 season at Maliosa with the help of metrological data provided by the Terme di Saturnia Spa.

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La Maliosa Biodynamic Wine in NYC

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Our answer to Parker’s prediction about natural wine

When in the past days I read about Parker’s prediction, a very well known personality in the international wine world, and the subsequent post on “Intravino, I felt myself deeply  involved in this argument.

Talking about it with Lorenzo, I confessed my continuous disappointment for the lack of respect towards a world which, in most cases is made of commitment, ideals and sacrifice. It is a rather fruitless debate that often lights up, raising doubts and negative opinions over ” natural wine”.

Lorenzo, in his deep and quiet wisdom, has been able to remind me our position in this world and the value it has for all of us, non only for the producers, not only for those who love wine.

I asked him to write those words that I immediately wished to share with Luciano Ferraro, who has been following the Maliosa project for some time.

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Lorenzo Corino in vigna vecchia alla Fattoria la Maliosa. Sullo sfondo il Monte Cavallo
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Natural Wine – To know more about it!

There are words which are frequently used in the everyday language and becoming trendy even though there are very few who know their meaning. One of those is surely the expression “natural wine”.
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The La Maliosa Bianco 2011 is Top of the Papillon’s Top Hundred!

Who said that to believe in its own way, have confidence in the choices made does not lead to a lot of satisfaction?
Investing in and working the land, respecting it, producing without the obsession to sell but with the desire to introduce its products to the whole world, and then also, and not least, to be patient, as it happens here at La Maliosa, can give very great satisfaction.

One of the most recent ones arrived at Fattoria La Maliosa on July 17 with a tweet notification that made us all exult with joy.

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A great satisfaction for all those who’ve contributed to the project.

This is what Paolo Massobrio and Marco Gatti, of the national association Club di Papillon and creators of the award to the 100 best wines of Italy, which each year proposes 100 new wines to be awarded, wrote. “Many are the wines of some historical cellars among which Masi in Valpolicella and Cecchi in Tuscany, but also biodynamic wines and among them emerges the top of the top that hit the tasters after thousands of tastings. It’s the La Maliosa Bianco (procanico) 2011 of Fattoria La Maliosa in Manciano (Grosseto) “.
They deserve our thanks!

We’ll meet November 16th to 18th in Milan during Golosaria 2013 at the awards ceremony which we’ll have the honor of attending.

You can read the news and the list of the 100 wines at:
www.golosaria.it – www.winenews.it – www.italiaatavola.net – langhemonferrato.langhe.it – eccolatoascana.myblog.it – www.tigulliovino.it    

We can’t but be gratified and proud, but we commit ourselves to an even more special work to continue on our marked out path, which launches a new challenge every day. Thanks to all of you who follow us and support us, or who just drink our wines! Cheers to all, happy holidays and to those who already observe the ripening of the grapes, a good harvest to all!

Paolo Massobrio e Marco Gatti
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La Maliosa Biodynamic wines in New York

In March 2012 the first vintage of certified organic and biodynamic (Demeter) La Maliosa wines, the 2010 vintage, was presented to the public at Vivit, Exhibition of natural wines within Vinitaly in Verona (Italy). The interest in our La Maliosa Rosso and La Maliosa Bianco wines has been remarkable, and in some ways unexpected. Foreign traders have tasted our wines and carefully listened to their story: from the recovery of the old vineyard to the classification of all varieties present, in order to improve our territory’s typical ones; from the biodynamic work in the field which produces strong plants and healthy fruit, to the harvest when the grapes are at the right point of ripeness, to the natural wine making  which allows to find in the La Maliosa wines the taste of typical grapes of the area where our vines grow. All this is done taking into account the biodynamic calendar, with a lot of patience and great love for the vineyards and the grapes, to obtain a natural wine expression of its territory.
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