Welcome to Episode 1370 in which Marc Millon interviews Antonio Arrighi of Arrighi Winery on the Island of Elba.
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“At first, when I was still a boy, I used to come to the cellar as a favor for my father . The activity I liked was staying in the hotel…I became passionate about viticulture in the early 90s, when we started experimenting with the Arezzo Viticulture Research Center…
The experience with the Arezzo Viticulture Research Center led me to devote myself totally to the cellar and the quality of the wines, leaving my job as a hotelier to become a winemaker ” says Antonio.
“The vineyard area was only 2 hectares. Today it is about 8 hectares and still expanding,” says Antonio…
In 2010 The amphorae arrive
Experimentation begins with the first terracotta amphora from Impruneta.
“We were looking for a container that had the same micro-oxygenation characteristics as wood, but which, unlike wood, did not transfer substances to the wine,” said Antonio.
“So we arrived at the amphorae , recovering an ancient tradition also present in the history of the Island of Elba”.
Tresse of 2010 is the first wine in amphora of the Island of Elba , a “cru” composed of Sangiovese, Syrah and Sagrantino: it evolves in amphora for 18 months and continues aging in the bottle for 6 months.
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Marc Millon, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador 2021, has been travelling, eating, drinking, learning and writing about wine, food and travel for nearly 40 years. Born in Mexico, with a mother from Hawaii via Korea and an anthropologist father from New York via Paris, he was weaned on exotic and delicious foods. Marc and his photographer wife Kim are the authors of 14 books including a pioneering series of illustrated wine-food-travel books: The Wine Roads of Europe, The Wine Roads of France, The Wine Roads of Italy (Premio Barbi Colombini), and The Wine Roads of Spain. Other titles include The Wine and Food of Europe, The Food Lovers’ Companion Italy, The Food Lovers’ Companion France, Wine, a global history. Marc regularly lectures and hosts gastronomic cultural tours to Italy and France with Martin Randall Travel, the UK’s leading cultural travel specialist. He is soon to begin a regular series on Italian Wine Podcast, ‘Wine, food and travel with Marc Millon’. When not on the road Marc lives on the River Exe in Devon, England
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