The Valtellina Valley in Italy's northern region of Lombardy: famous for curing Bresaola and Chiavennasca. The latter is the local name for Nebbiolo, and grown here at the foothills of the mountainous border with Switzerland in an interesting microclimate where alpine influences meet the Mediterranean, it results in bright cherry-scented wines, all hand-harvested due to the perilously steep slopes that hinder access to any machine aid.
Valtellina producer, ArPePe was founded in 1984 by Arturo Pellizzatti Perego, but his family have been making Nebbiolo delle Alpi (of the Alps) for 5 generations. This expansive family history, not to mention the necessity to do everything a mano (by hand) has given rise to the family philosophy of patience. Il giusto tempo di attesa translates to "the right waiting time" and ArPePe use this in all they do, from the 1500 hours they clock to cultivate a single hectare, to the time spent aging the wines in old barrels, cherry casks and concrete: they say everything takes "as long as it takes".
So take il giusto tempo to look through the collection of graceful and charming alpine Nebbiolo from the Valtellina Superiore DOCG, with the family-owned patiently tended vineyards spread across Sassella, Grumello and Inferno and see what time will tell.
Kewin Descombes Beaujolais Cuvée Keke 2019
A Rising Star of Beaujolais
From the son of the brilliant Georges Descombes, Kewin (Keke) Descombes is making his father proud. His more modest pricing from more modest vineyards is not holding this rising star back one bit. Moreish juicy blue and red fruits with a very Descombes-esk slate-like savouriness. This medium bodied red is organically farmed and made naturally. It shows itself very honestly and that's one of the best things about amazing wine. - Chris L
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After another interrupted year, we are excited to finally announce our next wine fair!
The season is silly, the border bubbles are bursting and the world is almost open: our Open Season Wine Fair will see this year out with a bang!
We have hunted down our favourite seasonal drinks to enjoy whilst the weather is warm. Whether you are after gift inspiration from the trophy wines of Grower Champagnes that we intend to share ourselves at the Christmas table (late spoiler alert, sorry Mum and Dad), and plenty of summer sippers from Pét-Nats with pep to easy-drinking whites, ambers and reds, all designed to be enjoyed with friends and lazy days.
Producers include Champagne André Jacquart, Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, Champagne Laherte Frères, Champagne Gosset, Balmy Nights, Brash Higgins, Brave New Wine, Konpira Maru, Latta, Les Fruits, Paltrinieri, Piero Gatti, Sassafras and many more.
In line with NSW Health guidelines, ticketholders will be asked to show their vaccination status for entry to the wine fair. The wine fair will be held at Annandale Cellars, under the cover of our marquees, come rain, hail or La Niña. Your ticket price includes your very own tasting glass to use on the day, and is yours to take home.
Places are limited, so get in quick!