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DOCG Italian Wines: Elba Aleatico Passito DOCG

DOCG Italian Wines: Elba Aleatico Passito DOCG


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Production area and history

Production area: Elba Island (Province of Livorno).
On the island of Elba viticulture was already practiced since the time of Etruscan domination and the discovery of many finds also from the Roman period, many of which suitable for storing and transporting wine, attests that at that time the trade in wine was very flourishing. Even in medieval times, the production of wine was very flourishing and, through Pisa, it was exported all over Tuscany. In 1595 Ferdinando I dei Medici issued numerous rules in order to protect the vineyards from damage caused by livestock. Subsequently, the Grand Duke Leopold of Lorraine regulated the sale of wine in Portoferraio. In the period between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, viticulture represented a great resource for the Elban economy, with about a quarter of the total area of ​​the island destined for vineyards. The impressive growth of tourism after the Second World War caused a noticeable contraction of the area under vines. In recent years, however, there has been a trend reversal, which has led to both quantitative and, above all, qualitative growth in the production of wines from the island. Punta di diamente of Elban viticulture is the Aleatico dellElba Passito, obtained from Aleatico grapes subjected to at least 10 days of drying in the air.
LAleatico is a red grape variety grown mainly in Tuscany, Lazio and Puglia; it is considered a genetic mutation of White Muscat. (Production regulations).

Aleatico dellElba

Withering of the grapes duva (photo www.agricoopelba.it)

Vines - Minimum alcoholic strength - Aging and qualifications

Vines: Aleatico only.

- alcohol content. tot. minimum: 19% of which at least 12%;
- minimum total acidity: 6 g / l;
- minimum non-reducing extract: 35 g / l;

Organoleptic characteristics

- color: deep ruby ​​red, sometimes with violet reflections and tending to garnet with aging;
- smell: intense, characteristic;
- flavor: sweet, full-bodied, harmonious.

Pairings and serving temperature

Great meditation wine; The best gastronomic link is with the schiaccia briaca, a typical Elban sweet made with dried fruit; also excellent with fruit tarts and preparations based on cream and berries. Serving temperature: 12-14 ° C.


Video: I Vini dellIsola DElba (June 2022).