Many of Italy's famous volcanoes - like for an example Mount Amiata in Southern Tuscany - have been extinct for thousand or millions of years (ask for the exact number at the tasting). But even though long out of work, they have left behind a deeply colored and mineral rich soil; a true oasis for terroir wines!
|The color of volcano soil|
One of the vineyards at the organically run Sassotondo winery near Pitigliano
VULCANIA 2013: PITIGLIANO, JUNE 15-17
Hosted by Pitigliano's vintners association (consorzio di tutela bianco di Pitigliano e Sovana), the wine fair will bring together 140 labels from 70 wineries from all over Italy. Some of the more famous volcano docs are Soave from Northern Italy and Etna and Pantelleria in the South. However volcano wines from the areas around Rome and Naples, the hills of North Eastern Italy and from many of Southern Italy's smaller islands can be tasted too.
For more info click through to the Vulcania facebook page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone +39 3387932222
And don't run off, once you're finished with tasting. Pitigliano doesn't just have the potential for great wines, but is also one of Tuscany's most beautiful towns. Click through to my A Day in Pitigliano Guide to find out what to do with the rest of the day.