Monday, May 28, 2012
Rant: Where Is Wine Made?
On our first winery visit in the Chianti Classico region, we met Alessandro Gallo, the Direttore of Castello D'Albola, He spoke about the significant increase in the quality of Chianti Classico wines in the last fifteen years or so. That change is due to numerous factors but Alessandro had his own idea about what was the most significant change that led to the increased quality, a change of a particular mindset. He claimed that many wine makers once believed that wine was made in the cellars, but they have now come to believe that wine is made in the vineyards.
This belief is held by other wine makers across the world, yet some still cling to the former belief, that wine is mainly made in the cellar. It is obvious that both contribute to the creation of a wine, yet some will give higher priority to one over the other. It seems to be my experience that those who believe it is made in the vineyard do produce better wines. There are certainly exceptions but it seems to hold true as a general rule, in wine regions across the globe.
Thus, the Chianti Classico producers shifted their attention back to the vineyards, back to the essential ingredients, and found it easier to make a quality wine from quality grapes. That should be a lesson to other wine producers, a reason for them to adopt a new paradigm and concern themselves much more with their vineyards rather than the cellar. Both are essential, but the new paradigm offers advantages which often lead to superior wines.
Do you agree or not?