So, I want to launch an alarm, let us not underestimate the importance of sunshine in the ripening of grapes, both for a question of warmth and also for its luminosity that irradiates the bunches and transforms the berries. Latitude has always been important in this aspect, which is why sugars that are used as normal practice in France and Germany, are prohibited in Italy! Here in Italy the sun and the climate generally give us the possibility to obtain important levels of alcohol content, more often than not, naturally.
This makes me say that I love solar wines, not because they are more alcoholic but because they express themselves in the glass with that warmth and luminosity, that don't make your teeth go on edge, that round off the 'green' notes of some varieties; they have a soft, velvety, mature fruit and sweet tannins that recall the true essence of the Mediterranean.
Under a pergola or sheltered in a cool cellar, the pleasure of the warm Italian summer expresses its origins. Because we are the wine leaders of the World. We don't have 3 or 4 territories cultivated with a handful of varieties like some other wine producing contras, 545 different grape varieties will be on show at the Milan EXPO 2015 as from May. A biodiversity unique to Italy, that Helios has helped us to select for the past 3000 years and that when we are no longer around, will continue to delight those that love the good in life.