Principato, meaning Princely Realm or principality, refers to northeast Italy's Tre Venezie, a region embracing the majesty of the snow-capped Dolomite Alps and the picturesque beauty of Italy's romantic Lake District. For wine lovers the Tre Venezie is also a source of Principato; one of Italy's most popular and affordable wines. Introduced in 1978, it has become a welcome and familiar feature of daily American family dining.
Grapes are harvested by hand during the first couple of weeks in October. The two varieties are then combined, after which they undergo a 12- to 14-day cool fermentation on the skins, to enhance extraction of color and flavor. The new wine is then aged 3-4 months in stainless steel tanks, followed by 6-8 months in oak casks prior to bottling and release.
Red meats, pastas prepared in rich sauces; hearty vegetarian entrees.