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See you at Vini Veri 2012 – Wines by Nature!

by Gogo on March 22, 2012

in All wines

ViniVeri 2012: 24, 25 and 26 March 2012

10 am – 6 p.m. at Cerea’s Areaexp “The Factory”, just 35 Km. from Verona

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Cerea’s Areaexp “The Factory”

Tomorrow I am going to Vini Veri 2102, my favorite wine fair, not only beacuse it deals with “natural” wines.

In 2009 I was for the first time at VinoVinoVino fair organized by ViniVeri association. At the time I didn’t know much about “natural” wine movement that was starting to take momentum in the World so this event opened my nose and palate to entirely different oenological sensations.

Its relaxing atmosphere, friendly winemakers who love to speak with you about their wines, possibility to hear interesting stories and learn, beautiful setting in Villa Boschi… All that seduced me immediately. It felt so great to be there after experiencing hectic atmosphere of Vinitaly in 2008. I said, Vinitaly never again. VinoVinoVino, or Vini Veri how is it called now, every year.

Giorgio and Martina Clai with Judith and Trevor from PC Wines
Giorgio and Martina Clai with Judith and Trevor from PC Wines, independent importers of Croatian wines to UK

In 2009, but also in 2011 (in the meantime the fair moved to Cerea in an impressive historic old warehouse), I met Giorgio and Vesna Clai from Clai winery, one of the first “natural” winemakers in Croatia. I am looking forward to meet them again on Saturday. This year the colors of Croatia will defend also Mladen Rožanić from Roxanich winery that is located in a small village Kosinožići near Poreč in West Istria.

ViniVeri fair gives to visitors the chance to meet over than 120 of the most appreciated natural winegrowers coming from almost all territories of Italy and either from several territories of France (look up for many of the best biodynamic champagnes), Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Georgia, the homeland of Qvevri, 2000 years old method of conservation on clay big pots; and – of course – the chance to taste their wines that are authentically unique, because they’re the final result of a natural philosophy of production, and of a precious work done in the vineyard with organic or biodynamic method, or simply without the use of synthetic chemistry, and into the cellar without any forced stabilizations. Check here for the full list of producers participating at ViniVeri 2012.

Here are some photos from the last year’s edition:

We are in Vialone Nano rice country
We are in Vialone Nano rice country

Riso sgranato with duck spezzatino
Riso sgranato with duck spezzatino

Riso sgranato with fresh water fish: perch and sterlet
Riso sgranato with fresh water fish: perch and sterlet

The bill
The bill

Look at this stream at Corte Ceson agritourism - "The House on Water". It passes below the house...
Look at this stream at Corte Ceson agritourism – "The House on Water". It passes below the house…

...and enters below the main hall where if finishes in a tube. The stream was once used for powering a mill.
…and enters below the main hall where if finishes in a tube. The stream was once used for powering a mill.

Entrance to agriturism Corte Ceson
Entrance to agriturism Corte Ceson

Warm and inviting decor in Corte Ceson agritourism. Tiziano, the owner, is a great guy, too!
Warm and inviting decor in Corte Ceson agritourism. Tiziano, the owner, is a great guy, too!

Crostata at Corte Ceson agritourism
Crostata at Corte Ceson agritourism

The view from our room in Corte Ceson agritourism
The view from our room in Corte Ceson agritourism

Cerea’s Areaexp “The Factory”
Cerea’s Areaexp “The Factory”

This lady from Nikolaihof winery from Wachau was the kindest that day in Cerea.
This lady from Nikolaihof winery was the kindest that day in Cerea. I tasted so many crisp Austrian whites from Wachau region and I have to admit I love Gruner Veltliner.

Les Caves de Pyrene, an independent wine importer and wholesaler, offered great selection of terroir oriented wines:
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Les Caves de Pyrene selection - 2003 Chateau Musar white. Desert flowers and the Sun squeezed in the bottle. Outstanding!
My personal favorite of Les Caves de Pyrene selection – 2003 Chateau Musar white. Desert flowers and the Sun squeezed in the bottle. Outstanding!

The only USA winery on the fair: AmByth Estate, California
The only USA winery on the fair: AmByth Estate, California

Lunch time at Vini Veri fair
Lunch at Vino Vino Vino 2011
Lunch time at Vino Vino Vino 2011

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano Abruzzo that since the 60ties is made only in concrete vats.
Mythical Montepulciano Abruzzo by Emidio Pepe. Since the 60ties this wine is made entirely in concrete vats.

Powerful reds from carismatic Bressan. A bit overextracted, but very interesting wines.
Powerful reds from carismatic Bressan. A bit overextracted, but very interesting wines.

Great Syrah from Cortona, Tuscany, by Stefano Amerighi
Great Syrah from Cortona, Tuscany, by Stefano Amerighi. Stefano cultivates cereals, vegetables, fruit and breeds the animals, together with the production of a great Syrah!

Miha Batič and his 2007 Zaria: this wine unexpectedly and elegantly attacked my senses, mesmerizing me at once.
Miha Batič and his 2007 Zaria: this wine unexpectedly and elegantly attacked my senses, mesmerizing me at once.

Zidarich Ruje - blend of Teran and Merlot. Strangely enough, it is a strong bodied red from Carso
Zidarich Ruje – blend of Teran and Merlot. Unusual for Carso, it is a strong bodied and very complex red.

Mantova city tower
Mantova city tower

Salame Mantovano
Salame Mantovano

Riso sgranato with salamella
Riso sgranato with salamella

Profiteroles alla mantovana
Profiteroles alla mantovana

Traditional Mantua cake: Sbrisolona with walnuts
Traditional Mantua cake: Sbrisolona with walnuts

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