The “Istituto Grandi Marchi” visited Stockholm last month – “Istituto Grandi Marchi” is the result of the determination and enthusiasm of eighteen of the most important Italian wineries to promote the culture and commercialisation of Italian high quality wine on world markets. Your Living City was there at a unique master class where we had the opportunity to meet the representatives of these wineries and try their best wines, so we can give our recommendations to you. Keep reading to discover these amazing wines and learn more about Grandi Marchi.
The Grandi Marchi, a collaboration of winemaking visionaries from across Italy, has worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm to support the industry’s
highest quality and distinctive winemaking culture.
Formed out of an informal meeting between like-minded colleagues and friends, the founders of Grandi March recognised that by joining forces, they could better promote and enhance the great wines of Italy.
Today, they’ve transcended their individual aims to achieve a common goal and, thanks to their efforts, Italy’s best wines have both stronger positions in established markets and promising foundations in emerging ones.
Made up of 18 prestigious Italian wine families, the Istituto Grandi Marchi promotes the country’s best bottles and producers on a global scale.
• All are family-owned brands.
• Each member has been in operation for at least 25 years and in some cases for centuries.
• All own their estate vineyards, which stand out for their history and enduring traditions:
• All are recognized worldwide for their superior quality and production practices.
• Each is considered an innovator with a profound vision.
• All are key players representing Italy’s most highly praised wines.
• All are industry leaders whose peers emulate their work.
• All share the same values and strategies, and support collaborative efforts.
• All are committed to a continued focus on education, innovation and
• Each member exemplifies the best of their region.
The following wineries are members of the Institute:
Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute, Antinori, Argiolas, Ca’ del Bosco, Carpenè Malvolti, Col d’Orcia, Donnafugata, Jermann, Lungarotti, Masi, Mastroberardino, Michele Chiarlo, Pio Cesare, Rivera, Tasca d’Almerita, Tenuta San Guido, Tenuta San Leonardo, Umani Ronchi.
Here are some of these champion wines from the Grandi Marchi wineries that you can find and enjoy here in Sweden.
CA’ DEL BOSCO
ANNAMARIA CLEMENTI FRANCIACORTA RISERVA D.O.C.G.
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Franciacorta
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 67% Chardonnay 15% Pinot noir 9% Pinot blanc
ABOUT THE WINE: The grapes are hand-picked and placed in small crates. Each bunch is selected by expert eyes and hands, and then goes through an exclusive “berry spa,” a special whirlpool-like wash for grape bunches, consisting of three soaking tanks, followed by thorough drying. The base wines are obtained exclusively from free-run juice. Alcoholic fermentation takes place only in small oak casks, made of selected wood seasoned for a minimum of 3 years. There, the wine remains on its own lees for six more months, during which malolactic fermentation takes place. Only wine from the best barrels of the 22 base wines is drawn off to go into Annamaria Clementi. A pair of flying tanks transfers the wine by gravity flow from the barrels to the blending tank. Unhurried lees contact continues for more than 8 years to shape the wine’s unique sensory profile. An absolute Franciacorta. Disgorgement takes place in the absence of oxygen using a unique system designed and patented by Ca’ del Bosco. The procedure avoids oxidative stress and the need for additional sulfites, making Ca’ del Bosco Franciacortas purer, more appealing and longer lived. Finally, every bottle is marked individually to ensure its traceability.
Systembolaget code: 94890
Price: 1 199:-
VECCHIE VIGNE VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE D.O.C.
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Marche
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 100% Verdicchio
ABOUT THE WINE: After a light pressing, the prime must is rapidly cooled and then goes through static decantation. Fermentation, in steel tanks with the temperature maintained at between 16° and 18°C, takes 10-15 days. The wine does not undergo a malolactic fermentation, in order to preserve freshness and acidity. The ageing stage lasts about ten months, during which the wine remains in contact with its own fermentation yeasts in concrete tanks. Organic wine.
Systembolaget code: 12419
VINTAGE TUNINA VENEZIA GIULIA I.G.T.
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Province of Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 25% Sauvignon, 25% Chardonnay, 23% Ribolla Gialla, 22% Malvasia, 5% another sweet local grape.
ABOUT THE WINE: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks, a part in big oak barrels. Only a part of the wine ages for about 11 months in big oak barrels
Systembolaget code: 57353
MICHELE CHIARLO NIZZA D.O.C.G. RISERVA
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Castelnuovo Calcea, Piedmont
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 100% Barbera
ABOUT THE WINE: Very low yield; thinning of excess bunches at end of summer, leaving an average of 5/6 bunches per vine. Fermentation for 15 days in 55 hl oak vats with the skins, with a soft “shower” system of wetting the cap at a temperature between 30°C / 27°C. Malolactic vat fermentation. Refinement: 30 months in total. Depending on the vintage, 50% is aged in casks and the other 50% aged in large barrels for 1 year.
Systembolaget code: 70843
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Langhe. Different villages in the Barolo region.
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 100% Nebbiolo
ABOUT THE WINE: Stainless steel tanks. Long maceration on the skins at high temperature. 24 months ageing mainly in French and eastern Europe big oak casks and a small passage in French oak barriques.
Systembolaget code: 93388
Price: 1 178:-
POGGIO AL VENTO
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO D.O.C.G. RISERVA
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Montalcino, Tuscany.
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 100% Sangiovese
ABOUT THE WINE: Fermentation at controlled temperature of 28° C in stainless steel tanks of 50 Hl and 60 hl. 3 years in Slavonian and Allier oak barrels of 25 and 75 Hl
Systembolaget code: 90212
RUBESCO VIGNA MONTICCHIO
TORGIANO ROSSO RISERVA D.O.C.G.
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Torgiano/ Umbria
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 100% Sangiovese
ABOUT THE WINE: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperature (26°C/79°F) with 25-28 days of maceration on skins. Wood ageing in fine-grained oak barriques and 50 Hl (1320 gallons) barrels for about 12 months.
Systembolaget code: 76779
STILEMA TAURASI D.O.C.G. RISERVA
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Irpinia
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 100% Aglianico
ABOUT THE WINE: Classic red vinification, 7-8 days maceration on the skins at controlled temperature (18°). 24 months in oak.
Systembolaget code: 90126
PASSITO DI PANTELLERIA D.O.C.
DISTRICT & REGION OF ORIGIN: Pantelleria, Sicily
GRAPE VARIETIES AND %’S: 100% Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria)
ABOUT THE WINE: Once the grapes reach the winery, they undergo further selection on a vibrating table before soft pressing. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel at controlled temperatures; the dried grapes – added to the fresh must in several batches – are destemmed and selected by hand. During maceration, the dried grapes release their extraordinary legacy of sweetness, freshness, and a very personal aroma. The vinification process (fermentation and maceration) lasts over 1 month. Ageing takes place in stainless steel for 5 months.
Systembolaget code: 54899
If you want know more about Instituto Grandi Marchi and/or visit some of their wineries, visit their website: https://www.istitutograndimarchi.it/en/