Does an organic Italian wine country really exist?
It does! Italy is home to many amazing organic wine country options. Italian producers of organic and biodynamic wine offer enthusiasts the ultimate luxury wine and dine experience. No longer are organic and biodynamic Italian vineyards off the beaten path. In fact, they are at the forefront of award-winning Italian winemaking. And experts are taking note.
"Italy is without a doubt one of the wine world's leading countries for organic and biodynamic production," says Erica Nonni, WSET Level III and owner of wine communications agency, Nonni Strategic Marketing.
"I'm excited about Italy’s growing commitment to organic wine and how vineyards are returning to their original practices," says Adam Morganstern, editor of Organic Wine Journal.
Just minutes from historic Montepulciano, Avignonesi gives you an Italian organic country wine experience that Tuscan dreams are made of.
After a guided tour of the vineyards and wine cellar, don't leave without a gorgeous lunch at the on-site restaurant Le Capezzine with floor to ceiling windows of vineyard views. The fresh farm-to-table menu is expertly paired with fabulous wines that are always generously poured.
Owner Virginie Saverys says of her commitment to organic and biodynamic farming, “Healthier wines (are) for healthier people, but also a healthier land and a healthier environment to pass on to future generations.”
Saverys is in alignment with Avignonesi's motto: "Terroir speaks; we listen."
Absolutely, try the Vino Nobile that exudes Montepulciano’s terroir and the famed desert wine Vino Santo. And if you want an overnight organic wine country experience - consider staying at Avignonesi's Villa Romitorio, a restored Tuscan farmhouse with an infinity pool overlooking vineyards and the countryside.
Castello Banfi, Tuscany
The Banfi Natura line, made with organically grown grapes, is Banfi’s latest addition to its excellent portfolio of Italian wines.
A family-run operation (both producer and importer) is located in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The proud recipient of numerous awards, the company strives to harmoniously blend tradition and innovation.
If you adore Super Tuscans or Brunello – set your naviagation to Castello Banfi and hold your glass out. Visit the estate for wine tastings or stay in the Borgo for full Italian organic wine country immerision. Its five rooms and nine suites, will make you feel like a Contessa.
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Azienda di Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Tuscany
Committed to being organic, sustainable and KM Zero, the Azienda Agricola of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi produces four organic labels that represent high Tuscan viticulture.
The red wines of the region include: Cerchiaia, a Chianti DOCG, known for its bright ruby color and notes of red berries; IGT Poggionero, with intense flavor and hints of spiciness; and the Azienda’s famed, Poggio alla Fame, blends intense aromas with a violet scent.
Perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, your wine tasting experience happens at 820 feet with panoramic views of a restored castle, woods, lake, 57 acres of vineyards, 9,000 olive trees, and even a 12th-Century church. You can take a tour of the vineyards followed by a wine tasting course in the beautiful cellar room to refine your palate. And if you want to stay the night, you have your choice of a boutique hotel, luxury villas, and apartments all on property.
Antonelli San Marco, Umbria
Umbria, the green heart of Italy, borders Tuscany and is a growing favorite amongst visitors for its relaxed vibe.
Montefalco, famous for its Sagrantino DOCG, with high tannic levels and bouquets of dark red fruits, is quickly winning over Brunello lovers. Antonelli San Marco is one of the best producers of Sangrantino who focuses on drinkability and moderate wood aging, which makes for elegant wines.
You can pair your visit to Antonelli San Maro with a cantina tour and even a Cucina in Cantina cooking class. And make sure to taste the newest wine: CONTЯARIO with complex aromatics that will make you want to ship some home.
You’ll want to spend hours in its gorgeous new cantina and picnic on the new terrace of the winery with breathtaking vineyard views, all the while sipping the award winning organic wine made with native grapes such as: Grechetto di Todi, Trebbiano Spoletino and Sangiovese. Environmentally-friendly, the winery and hotel generates its own solar power saving up to 90.000 kg of carbon emissions per year. And environmentally-friendly lighter bottles saves on productions costs. Make sure to try the Prova di Autore and the FiorFiore. Both are fantastic!
Additional Organic Wineries in Italy
WSET Level III, Erica Nonni adds, "Wineries like Barone Pizzini, which manage to produce world class organic Franciacorta even in the far north, or like Pievalta, which excel at producing and exporting biodynamic wine even in lesser known regions like Le Marche, are a testament to the foresight, investment and sheer conviction of Italian winemakers."
And Lisa Bell with Natural Merchants suggests, "Fattoria Di Romignano is in Tuscany, a short train ride or drive from Florence. They produce a beautiful new Chianti Naturale that has no sulfites added and is certified organic." She adds that, "Cantina Pizzolato just opened a brand new facility with a beautiful tasting room. They are the largest exclusive organic winery in the Veneto region and make everything from Pinot Grigio to Prosecco."
So, dive in to Italy's organic wine country where you'll experience the very best in luxury Italian wine tasting - all the while feeling good till the last drop knowing that the wine you drink is as good for the earth as its full bodied velvety delicious taste!
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