Thursday, September 1, 2022

Organic and Vegan Wines from Italy's Corvezzo Winery

"Skins are thicker and this helps wines develop better aromas. For this reason, I believe that organic grapes have the potential to generate superior wines.", Giovanni Corvezzo

Corvezzo is a third-generation family-owned and 100% certified organic winery located near Treviso, between the cool Dolomite Mountains and the sunny Adriatic Sea. They currently organically tend 154ha of vines and are in the early stages of converting to biodynamic farming. The winery was founded in 1960 by  Giovanni and Maria Corvezzo and over the next three decades their sons, Giuseppe and Renzo, expanded the number of vines and started experimenting with a more sustainable approach to viticulture with integrated pest control. 

In 2009, Renzo’s son Giovanni took charge of operations and over the next decade converted it into a completely certified organic operation. And in 2017, the first organic Prosecco was released. Simultaneously, Giovanni moved to a vegan approach in the winery by replacing the use of animal products (egg whites, gelatin, fish bladders, or milk proteins) with bentonite clay during the fining process. 

Giovanni believes that these procedures improve the quality of the grapes as based on the quote above. He also believes that organic farming gives wines better balance and greater fruit concentration in addition to enhanced aromatics. These features were definitely apparent in the three sample wines that we received. 

Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC 2020 ($13)
This is the weightiest Pinot Grigio I've tasted in recent memory; perhaps due to 5% aged in oak. Intense aroma followed by stone fruits and lasting acidity.

Prosecco DOC Rosé - Extra dry Millesimato 2020  ($13)
This is a blend of Glera and Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) undergoing secondary fermentation using the Charmat method. This sparkling Rosé was a great surprise, velvety with layers of red berries and a refreshing bready effervescence. 

Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry 2020 ($13)
This is a blend of 85% Glera and 15% DOC admitted grapes also undergoing secondary fermentation using the Charmat method. Lots of green apples, some pear, and a very satisfying finish. 

Amazing values for all three wines. 

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