What to know about Grappa to really enjoy it
The story of distilled grapes dates back to the Middle Ages when Italian winemakers began to distill their leftover grape skins and seeds in order to extract more value from their crops. Over time, this practice evolved into the production of a distinct type of spirit, which became known as grappa.
Today, grappa is produced in various regions throughout Italy, including the Veneto, Piedmont, and Trentino-Alto Adige. Some of the top producers include Nardini, Nonino, and Jacopo Poli.
Nardini, founded in 1779, is one of the oldest producers in Italy and is based in Bassano del Grappa, a town in the Veneto region.
Nonino, founded in 1897, is another well-known product that is based in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Jacopo Poli, founded in 1898, is based in Schiavon, a town in the Veneto region, and is known for its artisanal approach to this production.
In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in grappa, particularly among younger Italians, who are seeking out high-quality, artisanal versions of the spirit. As a result, many small-scale producers have emerged, offering unique and flavorful grappas that are made using traditional methods.
Maybe the 10 best regions and producers of grappa
- Veneto: Nardini, Jacopo Poli, Bortolo Nardini
- Piedmont: Nonino, Mazzetti d’Altavilla, Marolo
- Trentino-Alto Adige: Bepi Tosolini, Segnana, Distilleria Domenis
- Lombardy: Pilzer, Casolari, Mezzanotte
- Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Nonino, Fantinel, Villa de Varda
- Tuscany: Antinori, Jacopo Poli, Bottega
- Umbria: Distilleria Le Giare, Zabù
- Emilia-Romagna: Montanaro, Borsci San Marzano
- Sicily: Corallo, Caffo
- Sardinia: Ruta, Panizzi
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there are many other great regions and producers of grappa in Italy.
The price of good Grappa
Final words on Grappa
So wherever you travel in Italy, you can find a good Grappa to finish the meal or to enjoy with friends or simply meditate, while you watch the Italian life go by.
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