In both cheese and wine form, we love Pecorino! The name Vinosophia is a play on words of philosophy in Italian, or their philosophy of wine, and it's one we certainly approve of. To take just a few of their pointers: to daydream, to live a pleasant life, to rediscover nature, avoid fleeting fads, be seduced by the soil, and to make good wine with personality, without becoming a slave to profit. This balances notes of spring blossom, ground almonds, white pepper, oranges and fragrant flowers with a gentle but persistent bitter almond note.
Surrounded by the Gran Sasso and Majella Mountains, owner and vigneron Franco D'Eusanio took over from his father and formally established the estate in the early 90s. His father was previously growing organic vegetables and vines on a small scale, and solely selling the fruit, but under the command of Franco, the estate has seen considerable growth in the last 15 years, with the purchase of four further farms in the area that have all been converted to organics. Franco is an ardent supporter of organic and regenerative agriculture over intensive farming practices, choosing it to respect the environment, the local rural traditions and the consumer too. As well as farming, Chiusa Grande have examined and carefully monitored every step of their winemaking journey to reduce their their carbon footprint. They run entirely on solar power supplied by their solar panels, use solely LED lighting and electric vehicles in the cellar, with the next step being a fully electric tractor in the vineyards too. The glass bottles are the most lightweight ones available to them.
FROM THE PRESS
“Like a dollop of cream on pears baked with honey, thyme and cinnamon. Which sounds all very soft and the mid palate is massively soft and creamy and duvet plump, but the finish is focused and intent as the acidity tucks in with green apples and mint.”Tamlyn Currin, Jancisrobinson.com