Since its establishment in 1950, Calabrian wine producer Librandi has been a pioneering force in the world of Italian wine. Not only championing local and international varieties, Librandi now also manage an experimental vineyard where they are reviving ancient local grape varieties.
Their dedication to the resurrection of long lost varieties guaranteed them a spot at the recent Masters of Wine symposium in Florence.
Originally intended to showcase Italy’s 50 best wines, the managing committee wisely instead decided to narrow the focus of the event to 25 Italian wine producers, each specialising in obscure local grape varieties, or growing on terrain that is particularly difficult to work.
This fascinating collection of specialist producers was reviewed by celebrated British wine critic Jancis Robinson in her article for The Financial Times.
Robinson provided some valuable insights into the world of Italian wine, commenting on the exceptionally high number of varieties available in Italy – the country produces 377 of the 1,368 grape types found around the world. She also noted how the wide range of terrains positively influences Italian production, with lower latitudes than seen in France meaning vines are planted at significantly higher altitudes while its longer vine-growing coastline enables varied growing environments.
Arquilla are delighted that our producer Librandi was selected to be a part of the Masters of Wine, where they were awarded Robinson’s "prize for most worthwhile Italian grape recuperation” and declared to be "by far the most dynamic wine producer in wild Calabria”.
Already celebrated for reviving the “marvellous, rose-scented” Gaglioppo grape and the Greco Bianco, Librandi’s penchant for researching the possibilities of local grape varieties continues with the red Magno Megonio, made from the provincial Maglioco Dolce, or Arvino grape.
The Magno Megonio Val di Neto Rosso 2011 was on offer at the Masters of Wine tasting and was described as “toasty”, “mineral” and “exciting”, receiving an impressive 17.5 points out of 20 and noted as “a wine and vine with a real history and future”.
Also included of was the Efeso Mantonico Val di Neto 2013, which received 16.5 points out of 20. Robinson noted that it was “a very confident wine” and a variety that "keeps its acidity well”.
Librandi’s most recent offering, Efeso is produced with Mantonico Bianco, a white grape whose heritage can be traced back in the area to as early as 1601.
Arquilla congratulates Librandi on their great success at this year’s event.