Italy produces some of the world’s great red wines. For me, after forty seven years in wine, it was time to create a new wine with a unique character. I named the wine, Chicco (key -ko) d’ Uva. Literally translated, a single grape in the cluster, because each Sip is like squeezing a rich, ripe, juicy grape in your mouth. Chicco d’ Uva is a smooth, big, rich red wine.
Chicco (one berry) d’ (of) Uva (grape) simply describes the character of this premium red wine. However, making the wine is more complex. While the taste is singular there could be up to six types of grapes blended to achieve this quality. Imagine Cabernet, Merlot, Carmenere, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara grapes grown in North Italy, along the coast of Lake Garda, where the micro climate brings these grapes to full maturity. These grapes are vinified separately, by an Italian winemaker trained in Australia, barrel aged and blended by an American pallet.
As an Italian who studied and worked in Australia, the Chicco d’ Uva project, brought to me by San Giuseppe master blender, Frank Gentile, was exciting because it allowed me to utilize my experience from Australia with Italian and French grape varieties. The result is also exciting because unlike other Italian-French proprietary blends, typically from Tuscany, we did not use, Sangiovese as the base wine.