Category: Wine world

The Tank Method for sparkling wines

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Developed by Eugène Charmat in 1907 and now known with many names (Charmat method or Metodo Italiano for example), the Tank Method is the main alternative to the Traditional Method (or Champenoise Method) for producing sparkling wines.

A few weeks ago, in this post, we summarized the procedure of the Traditional Method; now we focus on the Tank Method, which allows us to enjoy amazing wines like Prosecco and Lambrusco.
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Effects of Corona Virus on small Italian winemakers

The 11th march 2020, Italy has stopped. Actually most of Italy, as some industries that grant basic services or have their offices/factories sanitized periodically are still open.

Among the others, agriculture is one of the sectors which wasn’t stopped, but the effects of Corona Virus are heavy and widespread. Just think of the urgent re-organizations that small fruit and vegetable producers need because street markets are not happening, or the amount of plants wasted in flower shops.

Grapegrowers and winemakers are of course no exception, and since Vitium is always in touch with the small producers we like to support our work, we interviewed a couple of them, from different Italian regions, in order to understand what’s happening to their business.

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Wine in the Time of Corona Virus

The new decade has begun in a traumatic way. January has been characterized by the tension between Iran and the USA, but in the meantime, the great protagonist of February’s news was already preparing its outcoming.

Corona Virus is currently the top one preoccupation of the world, dominating newspaper and broadcast channels, even when the South Pole is dramatically melting. With 79’827 cases and 2’870 deaths (March 1st, 2020), the spread of this new disease has changed the lives of millions of people in China and around the world. Economies are collapsing, industries are frozen, and many businesses are struggling to carry on.

The wine industry, for instance, is facing many challenges whose solutions are difficult to foresee.

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Traditional Method Infographic

Wine lover or not, you probably heard of Champagne, the most famous and expensive sparkling wine, a symbol of France all around the world.

Have you ever wondered how this iconic wine is made?

This infographic quickly explains the “Traditional Method” used to make Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta, and many more sparkling wines…

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What are the main grapes of Italy?

We know that Italy is among the world’s biggest producers of wine and is the lead of the sparkling wines exporters chart, as Prosecco surpassed Champagne in 2014.

Italy is a very interesting producer also for historical reasons and for having a uniquely wide vine panorama, with more than 500 native grapes, besides the main international varieties. But what are Italy’s most grown vines?

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What is craft wine?

You probably know what craft beer is, as in the lasts years it has been the protagonist of the beer market. Craft beer is now so popular that, ironically, even big industrial groups are now producing craft beer, clearing out all the craftiness from these beverages.
What about craft wine?

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Sparkling wine needs a Flute Glass

It often happens to drink a beverage in a glass that is not the one studied to contain it, like receiving a Pils beer into a chalice; actually, using the right glass can make a big difference, especially for wine.

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Prosecco: 6 things you didn’t know about this wine

Impossible not knowing Prosecco, the white wine with a pale yellow color, fresh, shiny, brilliant. It is appreciated mostly in its fizzy version and is very popular since the ’90s also because is an essential ingredient of the famous cocktail Aperol Spritz. Everybody knows it, but here below you find 6 things that you probably didn’t know just yet.

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