Have you tried (or even heard of) the Italian grape FREISA?
This rare grape of Piedmont, mostly grown in across the Monferrato hills and the Langhe, is named after notable 'strawberry' aromas.
It displays soft floral notes and a velvety palate, while being a fresh style of red wine. It's naturally high acid levels make it a great food pairing option.
As with many obscure, endemic varieties, the Freisa grape was almost lost to extinction but a few passionate producers continue to nurture this little known vine!
In related news, our winery Cascina Gilli was recently honoured by the status "benchmark producer" of FREISA in Italian Wine Unplugged 2.0*.
* a reference publication for Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador courses ... including benchmark producers for each grape, making it possible for readers to source and taste reliable, good quality examples of Italian wines currently available on the international market. Read more about the book HERE.
Let’s start with the frizzante…
= slightly sweet, slightly fizzy
Next let’s try a ‘young’ Freisa…
= by established Barolo producer Brezza
Finally, some ‘aged’ Freisa wines…
= by Cascina Gilli (2 vintages available)