Ep. 1893 Michael Albarello of Fongaro | Wine, Food & Travel With Marc Millon

Welcome to episode 1893 of the Italian Wine Podcast, Wine, Food & Travel With Marc Millon. Today, he is interviewing Michael Albarello of Fongaro

More about today’s guest

The Fongaro Winery was born in 1975 from the passion and commitment of its founder, Guerrino Fongaro. Since the beginning the founder’s strongly believed in the cultivation of an native Veronese grape variety: Durella. The name of the grape also gives the name to the type of wine developed: Durella the grape, Durello the wine. The Durella is one of the oldest and most typical vines of the Lessini Mountains, area where the company stands. The winery is located in Roncà (province of Verona) and is part of the Lessinia National Park where an extinct volcanos left us a fantastic soil structure composed of basalt. In 1975 the Fongaro Winery decided to focus its activity on the exclusive production of Classic Method Sparkling Wines. The use of this grape variety (Durella) with particular characteristics, enhanced in the sparkling process, and the long skilled experience made it possible today to offer a unique and unmistakable product in the panorama of Traditional Method Sparkling Wines. An added value to our Spumante was the advance of the times’ choice, since 1985, to embrace the principles of organic agriculture, becoming one of the first organic winery in the Veneto region. This style of production once again underlines the respect and love for the land, and also guarantees high standards of the product’s quality.To date, the management of the company has passed into the hands of Tanita Danese, a young agriculturist and oenologist who has long been linked to the Fongaro family. With her skills and experience, she is expanding the vision of the winery, inextricably linking tradition and innovation.


Website: fongarospumanti.it

Instagram: fongarospumantiofficial 

Facebook: Fongaro Spumanti Metodo Classico

More about the host Marc Millon:

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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