Italian new releases, part 1 – Valle d'Aosta and Piemonte

Torrette subzone in Valle d'Aosta

Walter has been busy tasting for your delectation, and identifying the trends and budding stars. Above, the Torrette subzone in the Valle d'Aosta. More parts to come.

Never before have so many samples, of so many different types of wine, ended up on my doormat in Padova. They are a meagre substitute for what would have otherwise been real-life meetings with their producers, but until we can travel freely again and meet producers in their vineyards and cellars, they will have to do.

Normally, large swathes of these samples would have been tasted at the many en primeur tastings held...