Take a drive just beyond Rome, through the northern end of Lazio. Peel west off the A1, far from the madding crowds of Tuscany and Umbria. A sharp turn left, gravel clicks a slower pace. The narrow, winding lane etched into the Tuscia hillside ascends Vaiano, lush farmland neatly unfurled in green and gold.
Verdant bluffs give way to a dramatic limestone canvas, sheared away by time to reveal broad strokes of matted clay, glinting peperino and coppery tufo streaks rendered by an eons-old volcanic artist that created this masterpiece: The Calanchi. It is here among the Calanchi’s deep mineral cliffs and calciferous valleys where Paolo and Noemia d’Amico combine worldly sophistication with world-class wine. The Calanchi is one of the richest limestone and tufa outcroppings in the world, and is a UNESCO protected geological site reminiscent of the Kimmeridgian.
A graceful blend of old world tradition and new breed techniques meet inside the d’Amico estate’s tufa-carved cellars. Winemaker Guillaume Gelly oversees both growth and production of the 90-hectare estate, with 21 hectares planted primarily across the Calanchi and into the gentle, rolling hills of Umbria, Lazio and Southern Tuscany.
Available to order now:
The holidays call for special wines, which means it’s the perfect time to break out a large-format bottle.
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Trathen Hall Wines was founded by Blair Trathen and Arabella Hall. Blair hails from the South Island of New Zealand, and Arabella grew up on the even smaller island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where the two first met. With post graduate diplomas in viticulture and oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand, they embarked on a decade long winemaking odyssey working in vineyards and making wine around the globe, namely New Zealand, Western Australia, South Africa, New York and Oregon. The majority of their experience had been in the Central Otago region of New Zealand, but in 2008 they were lured back to the Willamette Valley. It is in Oregon with the generous support of family and the wine making community that Trathen Hall Wines has come to fruition.
New wines in Integrity Wines Portfolio:
In January Integrity Wines will launch a brand new Chateauneuf du Pape estate and that is Domaine Durieu. Named “rising star of the Rhone by Robert Parker”, this is another great addition to the unique selection of Integrity Wines.
“The young Vincent Durieu makes these consistently outstanding, Provençal Châteauneuf du Papes that have plenty of fruit and charm. He was one of the few vignerons to produce his special cuvees in 2013, both of which I might add, showed much better from bottle than barrel, which is always a good sign.”
Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)