Castello di Stefanago | "Amico Frizz" | Cortese Pet-Nat | Lombardia, Italy | NV
This wine is truly what the Italians would call "Frizzante," meaning gently sparkling. Think of it as fizzy as opposed to sparkling. "Amico Frizz" aka "Friend's Fizz," this is a wine not meant to be taken too seriously, but rather enjoyed on a casual night or sunny day!
🧑🤝🧑 Pair with: olives, anchovies, and other briny foods; risotto, seafood, fried foods
🌱 Farming: Certified Organic
🥶 Serve: Cold
🍇 Grape Varieties: Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Muller Thurgau
🌎 Region: Oltrepò Pavese, Lombardia, IT
🧑🏽🌾 Winemakers: Antonio and Giacomo Baruffaldi
🤓 Nerdy Stuff:
Land at the Milan airport and take a 45 minute drive into the hills of Oltrepo Pavese where you will find Castello di Stefagno. The castle has stood tall on 135 hectares since the 11th century! Here, Antonio and Giacomo Baruffaldi have organically farmed the best 20 hectares of their land in tiny plots scattered all over the property. When you're sick of wine tasting, and medieval castles, walk across the street to their microbrewery and hang out with some hipsters wearing beanies in the summertime.
Antonio and Giacomo are obsessed with their land! There's and emphasis on their wines truly starting in the vineyard, as each parcel is studied, analyzed, and carefully tended. The duo deploys biodynamic treatments to yield the healthiest fruit possible.
The vineyard/cellar philosophy of Antonio and Giacomo is truly old school: pamper the vines with meticulous farming, take a hands-off winemaking approach in the cellar.