Ironically enough, I came across the wines of Vinica at Chamber Street Wines in NYC and I’m very fortunate that I did. It was the orange Trebbiano that first caught my eye but of course the Tintillia that sealed the deal. Upon my return to Toronto I contacted the winery and spoke with Rodolfo the owner/winemaker about his wines and the possibility of collaborating in Canada, within 2 months we were breaking bread and drinking wine in his cellar in Ripalimosani, Molise!
The soils of "Lame del Sorbo", Tintilia has been cultivated for over 80 years. The Tintillia del Molise is an autochthonous little-known vine with small clusters of medium-tanninoid grapes. Vinification is done in the purest of methods and with only steel to allow the Tinitilia to reveal its cool and elegant character with floral and spicy notes.
"Vigne Alte" vineyard is located at an altitude of 2460 feet above the sea level and it is
made up of Trebbiano, Garganega and Pinot Noir grapes. After hand harvesting the Trebbiano
and Garganega grapes are trampled out in a wooden vat. The must and the grape skin start
fermenting spontaneously without temperature control in open vats while undergoing daily
pressings. After 12 days of maceration with the grape skin contact racking is initiated and
fermentation continues in stainless steel tanks. An orange wine whose tea notes, apricot and
dry fruit flavors, delicate tannins and good acidity provide great structure.