The Companies presented 67 wines and, among these, the jury – made up of the starred restaurants of the province and the delegates of the local sommelier associations – selected ten. Mazzei: “The result confirms that it is a complex and long-lived wine that can take us very far”.
The Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana continues its project to enhance the Vermentino which, for the first time, in 2020 was the most bottled type of the Denomination
19 April 2021_Wine on the rise in the national and international wine scene, Vermentino is also driving the growth of the DOC Maremma Toscana.
The second edition of the Vermentino Grand Prix was held on April 17, the event organized by the Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana. “I am more and more convinced that Vermentino Maremma Toscana DOC has what it takes not only to position itself among the great white wines of the world, but also to compete with the great red wines of Tuscany, becoming one of the major keystones of our Denomination “, Says Mazzei, president of the Consortium that has been focusing a lot on this type for years.” It is a particularly versatile vine, suitable for the production of both fresh and aged wines; this – combined with a territory that is still uncontaminated and very varied, from the coastal strip to the Metalliferous Hills and Monte Amiata, and the ability of individual winemakers to enhance the grapes of the different areas in the cellar – means that we can have a production in continuous qualitative growth and great appeal for the consumer, as we demonstrates this second edition of the Vermentino Gran Prix “, continues Mazzei.
With 832 hectares in production in 2021 – in 2006 there were 138, passing from 2.2 to 9.5% of the Grosseto vineyards – Vermentino is the first white grape variety in the province of Grosseto and represents over 50% of the Vermentino produced in the Grosseto area. whole Tuscany. In 2020 the production of this variety represented 1/3 of the entire harvest of the DOC Maremma Toscana, with 1,722,400 bottles produced, which led the Vermentino Maremma Toscana DOC to be the most bottled type (30% of the total) of the DOC Maremma Toscana, surpassing the Rosso (28%).
The Vermentino Grand Prix involves sector technicians and starred restaurateurs from the Tuscan Maremma on the jury precisely because we start from the idea that, in order to launch the Maremma brand with all its facets, there is a need to create a system. “Wine, catering, hospitality are more successful if they enhance each other by enhancing the common denominator that is the territory. Only in this way can a story be told that it knows how to capture and only in this way can we start again after a particularly difficult moment, especially for these sectors”, explains Mazzei.
Therefore 67 wines proposed, different from each other according to the production area, according to the vinification methods used and according to the year. “Just over half of the wines presented come from the 2020 harvest and, like last year, there is no shortage of companies offering more mature Vermentini, sometimes aged in wood, cement, amphora, cocciopesto and among the various labels Vermentini in purity or in blend with other white grape varieties up to a maximum of 15% as required by the production regulations ”, explains the director of the Consortium Luca Pollini.
“Just recently the assembly of the Consortium approved the inclusion in the production disciplinary of the Vermentino Superiore category to give a home to those wines most important for structure, complexity and longevity that arise from particular selections and winemaking processes, and not by chance for this mention it is expected to be released for consumption one year later “continues Pollini.
The “top 10” 2021 of the Vermentini Maremma Toscana DOC goes precisely in this direction and is made up of, in alphabetical order by company: AGRICOLA DEL NUDO NUDO BIO 2019, AZIENDA GUIDO F. FENDI CHICCA 2019, BELGUARDO CODE V 2019, CASTELPRILE PRELIUS 2019 , COLLE PETRUCCIO NORCIAS 2019, I CAVALLINI DIACCIO 2019, MONTERO ‘MONTERO’ BIO 2019, TENUTA DODICI VERMENTINO 2019, TERRE DELL’ETRURIA MARMATO 2020, VAL DELLE ROSE LITORALE 2019.
“The trend of the last edition is confirmed: 100% Vermentino wines and those of the previous year with more prolonged refinements prevailed, even if they were in the minority. The efforts that the producers are making on this vine are therefore appreciated and we must continue to work with a defined direction in order to affirm our Denomination thanks to the ever higher quality “, concludes Mazzei.
The jury, chaired by the journalist Luciano Ferraro editor-in-chief of Corriere della Sera, was made up of Roberto Rossi (Ristorante Il Silene), Davide Macaluso (Trattoria Bartolini-L’Andana), Andrea Menichetti (Ristorante Caino), Alessandro Rossi (Ristorante Gabbiano 3.0) , Marianna Ciancarelli (Restaurant and Il Pellicano), Antonio Stelli (Delegate AIS Grosseto), Maria Mecarozzi (Delegate FISAR Maremma Hills), Claudia Bizzarri (Delegate ONAV Grosseto) Mirella Tirabassi (Delegate SES, European Sommelier School Grosseto), Antonio Spurio, Technical Consultant of the Consortium.