Custoza is a small village about 12 miles to the southwest of Verona. By the mid-20th century, Custoza was known for a strong tradition of making primarily dry white wines leading to one of Italy’s earlier DOC designations for the wines of Custoza in 1972.
The vineyards are tucked between the southern tip of Lake Garda and Verona to the southeast. The porous, rocky soils that underlie most of the vineyards tend towards the calcareous, while the lake’s influence ensures temperatures a few degrees warmer in the winter and a few degrees cooler in the summer than the surrounding countryside.
Bianco di Custoza is a blended white wine, made up of at least three of the region’s four traditional grape varieties, none of which can make up more than 45% of the total blend. A further 30% of the wine can be comprised of a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Malvasia, Riesling, or Monzoni Bianco (a cross between Sylvaner and Riesling).
Bianco di Custoza has a minimum alcohol level of 11%, must be fermented in steel, and aged for at least 3 months.
Montresor Custoza Bio 2020
Montresor is well known to the wine club by virtue of their excellent Valpolicella Ripasso. This zingy white is the product of vines organically cultivated on hillside slopes to the south-east of Lake Garda.
It’s made from Garganega, the main varietal in Soave, complemented by the additions of local varietals Friulano, Cortese and Trebbiano Toscano.
It has a fragrant nose with delicate aromas of orchard fruit and spring flowers. This leads into a mouthful of ripe apple, fruit salad flavours with a zippy rhubarb and citrus finish.
An absolute bargain and perfect for Summer drinking in the garden!
This delightful red from Sicily is part of a joint wine-making venture between Boutinot, who we have been buying from for decades, and Araldica, which is one of the leading cooperatives in Piemonte.
La Bacca Nerello Mascalese 2020
IGP Terre Siciliane
Many consider the Nerello Mascalese to be Sicily’s finest red grape variety, where around Etna it makes some of its top wines. This is a perfect introduction to the variety – vibrant in its youth and bursting with joyous cherry fruit.
Pale cherry in colour, it boasts a mouthwatering cherry and blackberry nose, which leads into a mouthful of fresh, zingy cherry fruit with very little tannin and a gentle bitter twist at the finish.
Another great value Summer red in the garden, which would benefit from a light chill.