Bruno Verdi Pinot Grigio “Oltrepo Pavese” ’19

Region: Oltrepò Pavese
Varietal(s): Pinot Grigio
Size: 750 ml
Type: ,

Cause Supported: Children

$20.00

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Additional Information

Alcohol: 11.5%

Style: Dry, Light Bodied

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Vintage: 2019

Practice: Lutte Raisonnée

Bruno Verdi Pinot Grigio “Oltrepo Pavese” ’19

Winemaker Notes

The grapes are harvested by hand from vineyards in both Canneto Pavese and the adjacent commune of Castana. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel at a low temperature and the wine is bottled at the end of winter to capture its freshness. Verdi’s Pinot Grigio is a fine, elegant wine of great balance and relatively low alcohol (11.5%).

Lutte raisonnée:  The proliferation of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides post WWII has had a deteriorating impact on soil health throughout the world. These chemicals are responsible for killing off the necessary micro-biotic life forms that support healthy soils and therefore healthy foods. Lutte raisonnée (French), translates to “the reasoned fight” and is a reaction by small farmers to the use of such chemicals, and is regarded as a pragmatic approach to production. The argument is that these chemical treatments are ONLY used when absolutely necessary and typically at times when they limit the impact on the fruit, harvest or done as “spot” sprays to limit their impact.   

Some growers use this as a first step towards full organic farming. Others find it a happy medium between conventional methods and the stricter demands dictated by organic certifying agencies. That stated, there is a wide berth of interpretation concerning these methods. Some farmers work through certifying agencies such as Terra Vitis, following a specific set of specifications and requirements. Others farm independently, following organic methodologies, and reserving treatments only when conditions are optimal (for example, when there is no wind). Zoologists have introduced more environmentally-friendly concepts such as integrated pest management, or hormone confusion, which prevents the reproduction of certain pests that may threaten the vines. The reduction of sprays not only contributes to the health of the vines and the greater ecosystem, but also to the health of the winegrowers (who account for the largest percentage of cancer cases among farmers).

Additionally we encourage as much biodiversity as is possible by our producers and we will continue to push for greater adoption of organic, biodynamic and eventually regenerative organic practices by our producer partners.  By planting cover crops, lessening plowing of the soils, and the use of organic manures and natural composts to fertilize the vines, soil and fruit quality increase and carbon sequestration can be established.

About the Winery

The Verdi family can trace its viticultural origins back seven generations to the 18th century, when Antonio Verdi came from Parma to settle in the Oltrepò Pavese. The original farm was founded on wheat and corn production; mulberries were grown for the leaves, used for feeding silkworms; and, of course, grapevines were planted. Luigi, of the third generation of Verdis, was the first to transform the family’s grapes into wine. However, it was Bruno who, after World War II, was the first to bottle his wine at the estate. He put his own name on the label and Bruno Verdi wines were born. His son, Paolo, now carries on the tradition skillfully bringing the estate into the modern era.

Verdi’s vineyards are spread over four separate plots of land on the hillsides surrounding the village of Canneto Pavese which itself is located in the hills immediately south of the towns of Broni and Stradella. The cantina is situated in the hamlet of Vergomberra within the limits of Canneto Pavese.

Cavariola is the winery’s greatest cru, on a west facing slope with well-drained sandy clay soil. Croatina, Uva Rara, Barbera and Ughetta di Canetto are grown here and go into the Oltrepo Rosso Riserva “Cavariola”. Only Barbera is grown in the sandier soils of the Campo del Marrone vineyard, the closest to the winery. Vigna Costa and Paradiso are located farther from the winery where the soils contain more limestone. This terroir of Vigna Costa is particularly suited to white grapes and is the source of the Riesling Renano. In the Paradiso vineyard, the Verdi family planted Croatina, Uva Rara and Barbera, all three of which are used to produce the enchanting “Sangue di Giuda”. The Casa Zoppini vineyard is a recent acquisition. Pinot Nero is the sole variety grown there, where it does well on the northeastern facing steeper slopes. In addition to their own vineyards, Verdi also purchases grapes from several small local growers, several of whom are family members.

Paolo Verdi has instituted an extensive program to modernize the winery based on the strong belief that the Oltrepo Pavese can produce world class wines. His winemaking philosophy combines the best of the classic methods with modern oenology to create wines with the distinctive features that bring out the best in the local grape varieties. All the grapes are harvested by hand into small lugs to prevent crushing and bruising.

Lutte raisonnée:  The proliferation of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides post WWII has had a deteriorating impact on soil health throughout the world. These chemicals are responsible for killing off the necessary micro-biotic life forms that support healthy soils and therefore healthy foods. Lutte raisonnée (French), translates to “the reasoned fight” and is a reaction by small farmers to the use of such chemicals, and is regarded as a pragmatic approach to production. The argument is that these chemical treatments are ONLY used when absolutely necessary and typically at times when they limit the impact on the fruit, harvest or done as “spot” sprays to limit their impact.   

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