Earlier this week, Giampaolo and Emiliano Falsini, our enologist, did a vertical tasting of Adarmando from 2004 to 2013. Giampaolo wanted to record this event for Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamoz – the authors of “Wine Grapes.” The episode is approximately 36 minutes and we would like to hold off on sharing it online until our friends receive their own copy. But for now, please enjoy this short trailer.
Trebbiano Spoletino has a bad reputation because it is often associated with the Trebbiano Toscano. These are not the same grapes. As Emiliano put it, “I fell in love with it.” In creating the episode I had the opportunity to see our vineyards with Trebbiano Spoletino. In the tasting room we tell you that the vines are almost 100 years old. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s a lie. Most of them are 100 years old. Some of them are 250 years old.
These vines are particularly special, not only because of their age, but also their size. In truth, they’re not vines. They’re trees. Creating arches from branches intertwined with vines, you feel you’ve stepped into an Italian fairytale. With Nello, Giampaolo’s father, as my guide I felt I was being told a family secret. I was.
In Umbria, Sagrantino reigns as King and the Montefalco Rosso could be considered his heir. But I’ve come to know the Trebbiano Spoletino very well these past weeks and I think that the dynasty may be in for a “battle of the bottles.” Adarmando is special. Adarmando is a tribute to history and as such, Giampaolo made history.