Our Giro d’Italia Mixed Case, Italian Wine Mixed Case, 6 bottles, all natural wines from the route of the 2022 Giro d’Italia, The Tour of Italy. If you come to our little wine shop nestled in the hills of the Yorkshire Dales, you will see pictures of Cyclists and famous professional bike races on the walls. After natural wine, this is our ‘Seconda Passione’. Professional road cycling and natural wine production actually have many similar themes. Both endeavours require incredible dedication, sacrifice and suffering. The two things create images of breathtaking natural beauty. Wine and Cycling pitch human beings against the vagaries of nature and most experience more failure than success. But ultimately, both these pursuits can illicit such feelings of emotion and joy that all the sacrifice, hard work and pain are easily worth it.
Lifestyle also plays an important part of the natural wine movement and at Buon Vino, we firmly believe that enjoying great wine and enjoying sport go hand in hand. Like wine, Cycling is embedded in European culture. It provides a healthy balance to offset the alcohol and well, like natural wine, cycling is cool. There is nothing more enjoyable than sitting on a shady terrace in Tuscany, enjoying a glass of chilled Sangiovese, having spent a couple of hours cruising the hills and vineyards.
The Giro d’Italia started in 1909 and is steeped in history. The connection to the country’s wine regions is obvious as you watch the peloton whizz through the vineyards. Some ex-riders have also set up wineries, 1984 Giro winner and World Champion, Francesco Moser probably being the most famous. The winery which Francesco started with his brother Diego lies in the beautiful Cembra Valley, in Trentino. It produces a couple of hundred thousand bottles a year and is now run now by his son and nephew. Other notable ex pros who went into wine include Marzio Bruseghin. He was third in the 2008 Giro and now makes his own Prosecco. Former pro team manager, cycling podcaster and all round cycling dude Brian Nygard is a wine maker in California.
The race and its wine regions….
So to this years race and this first Italian Wine Mixed Case. For the first time, the Giro starts in Hungary, which also has plenty of delicious vinous offerings, like Kekfrankos and sticky Tokaj. After three days, it heads south to Sicily for some volcanic Nerello Mascalese on Mount Etna. It then winds its way back north through Calabria for some hearty Magliocco, and Campania, for a little funky Falanghina. The race then passes through Abruzzo for some generous Montepulciano on its way to the Marche – that is Verdicchio country – with a finish by the River in Jesi.
No time to sit back and enjoy the food and wine for the riders though as they cross Emilia Romagna – possibly the foodiest region in Italy and the home of Lambrusco – before heading up the Ligurian coast (Vermentino) to the noble region of Piemonte. This is home to Barolo and Barbaresco and the team managers will hammer the expense account in this region’s fantastic restaurants. The last week is spent in the north, traversing the stunning mountains of Lombardia (Chiavennasca) and Trentino (Marzemino) before hitting Friuli, the spiritual home of Orange Wine! Finally, the now exhausted peloton will head back over more mountains through the Veneto to finish in Verona, the Capital city of the Valpolicella.
The race will cover an incredible 3445 km. It is rumored that the entourage of managers and back up staff will consume at least 3445 bottles of wine! This must be very hard for the riders to take.
Finally, our case!
At Buon Vino, we try to be just a bit different. Rather than fill our case with Barolo, Valpolicella and Prosecco, we have curated six bottles from six less famous regions. The wine is none the less delicious and showcases the diversity of Italy’s grapes and keeps fantastic value for money. Don’t forget all are also 100% natural production.
We hope you will enjoy watching this incredible race and drinking these delicious bottles from our Italian Wine Mixed Case. Keep an eye out for Instagram for some food recommendations too. Cin Cin.
STAGES 1-3 Hungary – Rozsa Petsovic Rose Weninger 2020
STAGE 4 Avola – Etna-Nicolosi – Palmento Vino di Anna 2020
STAGE 10 – Pescara – Jesi – Verdicchio Le Oche Fattoria San Lorenzo 2019
STAGE 12 – Parma – Genova – Logoroicco Vermentino Nero Torchio 2020
STAGE 16 – Salò – Aprica (Sforzato Wine Stage) – Ole Valtellina Rosso Dirupi 2019
STAGE 19 – Marano Lagunare – Santuario di Castelmonte – Slatnik Radikon Orange Wine 2020