The Vermentino Grand Prix Top 10 2020 edition sticker can be found exclusively on the bottles of the vintage and lot selected during the blindfolded tasting on 4 July 2020.
The Vermentini Maremma Toscana DOC of the TOP 10 2020 edition are part of 64 samples of Vermentino overall tasted by the Jury in blindfolded tasting, that is, with bottles previously made anonymous, last July 4 at the Andana in Castiglione della Pescaia (GR).
Here is the list of the TOP 10 Vermentini selected, in alphabetical order by producer, with the indication, alongside each of them, of the blend (all wines must have a minimum of 85% of the Vermentino vine), of the year, the email and web addresses of the manufacturer and the lot number of the batch tasted and selected:
Agricola del Nudo | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino BIO “Nudo” | 2019 | Vermentino 100% | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.nudo.bio | L 0324
Belguardo | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Code V” | 2018 | Vermentino 100% | email@example.com | www.belguardo.it | L W1654A2
Mantellassi Farm | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Scalandrino” | 2019 | Vermentino 100% | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.fattoriamantellassi.it | 2015
La Biagiola | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Matan” | 2015 | Vermentino 85%, Viognier 15% | email@example.com | www.labiagiola.it | L 1604
Monterò | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino BIO “Monterò” | 2017 | Vermentino 100% | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.monterozzino.it | L 09418
Mustiaio | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Leardo” | 2018 | Vermentino 95%, Riesling 5% | email@example.com | www.mustiaio.it | L 011909
Fortress of Frassinello | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino | 2019 | Vermentino 100% | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.roccadifrassinello.it | L 7020
Terenzi | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Balbino” | 2019 | Vermentino 100% | email@example.com | www.terenzi.eu | L 00303
Terenzi | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Balbinvs” | 2018 | Vermentino 100% | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.terenzi.eu | L 02802
Val delle Rose | Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Cobalto” | 2018 | Vermentino 100% | email@example.com | www.famigliacecchi.it-www.valdellerose.it | L 9 / 294C
Agricola del Nudo
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino BIO “Nudo”
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Codice V”
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Scalandrino”
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Matan”
Vermentino 85%, Viognier 15%
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino BIO “Monterò”
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Leardo”
Vermentino 95%, Riesling 5%
Rocca di Frassinello
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Balbino”
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Balbinvs”
Val delle Rose
Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino “Cobalto”
GRAND PRIX 2020
THE TUSCAN MAREMMA STARTS FROM HERE
WITH THE CONSORTIUM FOR THE PROTECTION OF WINES
The food and wine excellences team up to support the territory towards the restart: the “starred” of the Maremma and the producers of the wine sector, all gathered, for the first edition of the event that turns the spotlight on the Vermentino phenomenon.
The first event in the area after months of lockdown. This is how the zero edition of the Vermentino Grand Prix will be remembered, a contest that brought together an exceptional jury to decree the “top 10” of the Vermentini Maremma Toscana DOC. On 4 July, in the splendid setting of the L’Andana Resort in Castiglione della Pescaia, the competition was staged, organized by the Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana and strongly desired by President Francesco Mazzei who since the beginning of his mandate – August 2018 – believed in the potential of this vine. Sixty-four Vermentini from different companies of the appellation were judged by a group made up of expert journalists and professionals, engaged in the five starred restaurants of the Maremma and in the historic Enoteca Castiglionese: a team of excellence – in food and wine, hospitality and tourism – who believed in the project with the aim of giving a clear signal to restart.
“Personally, I strongly believe in Vermentino, an extraordinary grape which – if produced and vinified with the best practices – is also suitable for long aging and has nothing to envy to reds”, says Francesco Mazzei who continues: “Vermentino is perfectly suited to variegated territory of the Maremma and today we are the first, as far as production is concerned, in our peninsula; great participation by the producers which allowed us to offer the jurors wines that are very different expressions from each other, emblems of an extremely wide and varied place, where Nature still dominates, as is the Tuscan Maremma. “
The wines proposed have in fact presented a great variety both on the basis of the area and the terroir of origin and on the basis of the vinification methods used. They range from wines from the coastal strip to those born close to the metalliferous hills and Monte Amiata. All Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino, there was no vintage address, even if 2019 prevails, except for some companies that come out with more mature Vermentini, sometimes elaborated in wood, concrete egg, amphora, cocciopesto.
“With the Vermentino Grand Prix we wanted to combine wine and gastronomic excellences, it is no coincidence that all the starred in the area are part of the jury who, as restaurateurs, are the first ambassadors of the territory and its wines”, continues Mazzei who closes with a long-term reflection “There was great enthusiasm on the part of all the players involved, who have always been accustomed to investing in quality, research and originality even in times of crisis, and I’m sure this is only the first stage of a common path that will lead us to reap good fruits.
An honor to be hosted and delighted by the proposals of the most starred Chef in Italy, Enrico Bartolini, who is a true symbol of Italian excellence and who strongly believes in our Maremma. “
The “top 10” of Vermentini Maremma Toscana DOC is made up of, in alphabetical order by company:
AGRICOLA DEL NUDO NUDO BIO 2019, BELGUARDO CODE V 2018, FATTORIA MANTELLASSI SCALANDRINO 2019, LA BIAGIOLA MATAN 2015, MONTERÓ MONTERÓ BIO 2017, MUSTIAIO LEARDO 2018, ROCCA DI FRASSINELLO ROCCA DI FRASSINE 2019, TERENZI BALBINO 2018, VALBALTO DELLE BIO 2017 2018.
“It is interesting to note that 100% Vermentino wines prevailed and, despite being a minority in tasting, those of less recent vintages or with particular vinifications, confirming that it is a complex and long-lived wine that deserves a little more effort. We need to work with a defined direction because quality tips are needed to affirm our name “, concludes Mazzei.
The jury was attended by industry expert journalists Andrea Cuomo, Aldo Fiordelli and Valentina Vercelli together with Roberto Rossi (owner of Ristorante Da Silene), Luca Bracali (owner of Ristorante Bracali), Michele Forasiepi (F&B Manager of Il Pellicano restaurant), Davide Macaluso (F&B Manager of the Trattoria Enrico Bartolini), Maurizio Menichetti (Ristorante Da Caino), Luciano Lenzi (Enoteca Castiglionese).
A few numbers about the Vermentino Maremma Toscana DOC phenomenon
In the last 13 years there has been a rise from a share of 2.2% to 8.5% of the Grosseto vineyards, the data have quadrupled and the trend is constantly growing. The interest on the part of national and international markets has grown a lot in recent years. With 809 hectares, Vermentino is the first white grape variety in the province of Grosseto and represents over 50% of the Vermentino produced throughout Tuscany. In 2019 the bottles increased to 1,607,000 and the type thus became the second most bottled in the Maremma after the Rosso type. The will is therefore to “ride” this trend which is becoming one of the driving forces behind the DOC.
CONSORTIUM FOR THE PROTECTION OF TUSCAN MAREMMA WINES
The Consortium for the Protection of Maremma Wines To
scana was founded in 2014 after the conferral of the DOC, today it has 280 member companies, of which 92 “vertical” companies – which make their own grapes and bottle their own wines – for a total of almost 6 million bottles produced per year. The DOC Maremma Toscana is in 3rd place, for claimed vineyard area, among the Tuscan PDOs, behind only Chianti and Chianti Classico and sees many small and medium-sized local winemakers engaged in the production of its wines alongside the most famous names on the scene. national wine production.
Consortium for the Protection of Tuscan Maremma Wines
Simonetta Gerra _ firstname.lastname@example.org