Villa Frattina Merlot Lison-Pramaggiore 1999
The special wine vocation of this land is still recognized as highly qualitative thanks to the qualitative composition of the ground, containing particles of chalky clay and calcium ideal for the production of fine wines, rich of aromatic substances. In 1989, Frattina made its debut on the market, choosing to produce sparkling wines.
Careful selection of grapes and the meticulous control of the production steps, give to their sparkling wines an elegance of flavors and a balance that reflects the true values of the native vines, making them unique. The Frattina brand is now owned by the Averna Group
While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.
The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.
For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau, Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.