On Saturday 4th November we visited the Marco Carpineti organic winery at Cori, in the Provincia di Latina. Despite the leaden cloud hovering above, the rain held off long enough for us to gaze on the spectacular scenery from the terrace overlooking the vineyards and to admire, in the distance, the white line of the sea.
Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic young guide took us to observe the first stage of vinification: fermentation of the pressed grapes in tall steel cylinders in a refrigerated environment. This led into a remarkable area – artfully built into the living rock – where the wine is stored in oak barrels, barriques and other types of containers
All Carpineti wines are produced in accordance with ecologically sound criteria and traditional methods. Only a small number of ancient local grape varieties, plus selected grapes from other areas in Italy, are used.
Our visit ended with a toothsome lunch, elegantly rustic and prepared with inimitable Italian flair and imagination: vegetable fritters, chickpea soup, a cheese and ham platter and delicious homemade biscuits. Each dish was paired with a superb wine.
This experience that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.