Meet the Grape Liberator / Fattoria La Maliosa, Tuscany

Fattoria La Maliosa Antonella

Introduce yourself!
Antonella Manuli is the owner of this farm, which she started from the outset with the mission to produce healthy products of the highest quality in a completely natural environment, fully representing the character of this unspoilt territory.

Why did you decide to join LIBERATE THE GRAPE! and what do you think this event may represent to wine enthusiasts?
When Michele of Hay Wines, our UK importer, called to invite us to this event, we accepted with enthusiasm, given the wonderful location and the focus just on natural wine producers from Italy.

Let’s talk about wine. Why do you think it is important to safeguard local traditions and varieties?
At La Maliosa we produce according to Metodo Corino, which puts a big emphasis on local tradition and varieties. Local tradition normally is a sum of trial and errors which yields to solid results. Local varieties are a must in expressing the best relationship between vine and terroir and have the highest probability to perform well year after year.

Can you tell us a traditional food & wine matching of your region?
We are located in the volcanic area in Maremma (southern Tuscany) where the focus has traditionally been on macerated white wine. It was never paired to a specifc dish but used throughout the meal.

You will be showcasing different wines at LIBERATE THE GRAPE! but if we were forced to pick only 1 wine to taste, which one do you think cannot be missed?
La Maliosa Bianco, a macerated white based on the historical grape Procanico.

2017 / Autumn Edition: thank you!

Thank you so much to all the people attending our inauguration event on Monday 25th September in London. It has been an amazing day of wine tasting, where our #GrapeLiberators had the opportunity to share their own passion and knowledge (and food also, see pictures below!) with many wine enthusiasts and professionals.

Finally, wine & tradition were the centre of attention.

We will see you on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th March 2018 for the 2018 / Spring Edition!

We shall liberate the grape,
The LTG Team

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Meet the Grape Liberator / Case Corini, Piedmont

Lorenzo Corino

Introduce yourself!
Lorenzo and son Guido, represent the 5th and 6th generation producing natural wine in the family’s vineyards and winery, which were founded in 1846 in Costigliole d’Asti.

Why did you decide to join LIBERATE THE GRAPE! and what do you think this event may represent to wine enthusiasts?
We appreciate the effort to promote natural wine in London. We hope it will be very stimulating for the public to be able to experience real tastes in wine.

Let’s talk about wine. Why do you think it is important to safeguard local traditions and varieties?
Local tradition normally is a sum of trial and errors which yields to solid results. Local varieties are a must in expressing the best relationship between vine and terroir and have the highest probability to perform well year after year.

Can you tell us a traditional food & wine matching of your region?
Our tradition with Barbera wine is to pair it with most important piemontese dishes, for example “Bollito misto”, “Arrosto” and “Fritto misto”. For Nebbiolo the best match is with game.

You will be showcasing different wines at LIBERATE THE GRAPE! but if we were forced to pick only 1 wine to taste, which one do you think cannot be missed?
We think that Barla, from a very old vineyard, best represents our family tradition in wine making.

Meet the Grape Liberator / I Cacciagalli, Campania

I Cacciagalli

Introduce yourself!
Diana and Mario who decided together to start this path through organic vineyard that, even before a business, is a way of life and a way to share a common passion for wine and for the land.

Why did you decide to join LIBERATE THE GRAPE! and what do you think this event may represent to wine enthusiasts?
We share the same philosophy of this project and we believe in the creation of a virtuous circle of people that spread the same value of quality and trust.

Let’s talk about wine. Why do you think it is important to safeguard local traditions and varieties?
Every land has its own history and his own peculiarity, every little details of the soil, the wind, the water and the way we produce the wine is all absorbed by the wine itself, donating its own uniqueness.

Can you tell us a traditional food & wine matching of your region?
In Campania we have a lot of traditions connecting food and wine, we would surely choose the special taste of the wild black pig of Caserta with a good glass of Aglianico.

You will be showcasing different wines at LIBERATE THE GRAPE! but if we were forced to pick only 1 wine to taste, which one do you think cannot be missed?
I would pick Mille, the most rapresentative of our volcanic territory.

Meet the Grape Liberator / Il Cancelliere, Campania

Il Cancelliere

Introduce yourself!
Romano Soccorso, I founded Il Cancelliere with the desire to increase the value of our earth fruits and our work, making discovery of ancient traditions.

Why did you decide to join LIBERATE THE GRAPE! and what do you think this event may represent to wine enthusiasts?
This project has the same philosopy we do believe, and will help us spreading our way all around UK.

Let’s talk about wine. Why do you think it is important to safeguard local traditions and varieties?
We are producing wines as our ancestors were use to do, we are keeping this traditions to let the people understands wines from the earth.

Can you tell us a traditional food & wine matching of your region?
Campania has a lot of traditional grapes, most important are Aglianico, Greco di Tufo and Fiano. Perfect match are seafood and meat dishes, and mature cheese.

You will be showcasing different wines at LIBERATE THE GRAPE! but if we were forced to pick only 1 wine to taste, which one do you think cannot be missed?
The Nero Né Taurasi DOCG, a rare example of a true Taurasi.

Meet the Grape Liberator / Podere Casaccia, Tuscany

Roberto of Podere Casaccia

Introduce yourself!
Roberto and Lucia work together in their farm in harmony with the elements of nature making wine through biodynamic agriculture.

Why did you decide to join LIBERATE THE GRAPE! and what do you think this event may represent to wine enthusiasts?
We really like to attend an event that combines art and wine in a very nice place and also because London is a very interesting city, we would like our wines to be appreciated there. I think that tasting of completely natural wines can be a truly interesting experience for wine lovers.

Let’s talk about wine. Why do you think it is important to safeguard local traditions and varieties?
We have to save this wealth that we have in Italy that allows us to make wines completely different from those that are usually on the market. In our farm we recovered old vineyards and we planted new ones with ancient Tuscan vines.

Can you tell us a traditional food & wine matching of your region?
Typical of Florence are soups such as “ribollita” or “Pappa al Pomodoro” or more important dishes such as “Florentine Steak” or “wild boar”, always accompanied by Chianti wine but that must be of good quality!

You will be showcasing different wines at LIBERATE THE GRAPE! but if we were forced to pick only 1 wine to taste, which one do you think cannot be missed?
It is difficult to choose between a very pleasant and particular wine like ALITER-2015 and a CHIANTI RISERVA-2009 of great quality but having to choose I prefer the last one for its great qualities.

2017 / Autumn Edition: our first time

On Monday 25th September from 11am to 6pm, we will officially launch LIBERATE THE GRAPE! in London.
It will be a “Trade & Press only” tasting, with more than 10 artisans from various regions all over Italy showcasing 30+ wines that are authentic representations of their own terroirs & traditions. For most of them, this will be their first time in the UK… so, definitely an opportunity not to be missed! 😉
For trade registrations, please email: info@liberatethegrape.co.uk.

Stay tuned for more info & details.

We shall liberate the grape,
The LTG Team