New Italian releases 2022 – the north

Cristina Geminiani

Walter takes us on a tour of what he has been tasting in northern Italy. Tomorrow he takes us south. Pictured above is Romagna pioneer Cristina Geminiani.

Fired up by Barolo and Barbaresco, Piemonte has firmly established itself as Italy’s quality powerhouse, and the excellent forthcoming vintages, 2019 for Barolo and 2020 for Barbaresco, merely reinforce this. But the world’s interest in the region has begun to expand beyond Nebbiolo to include some of Piemonte’s other unique, indigenous varieties.

Freisa is one example which, especially in the hands of able producers such as Paitin in Barbaresco, will give Langhe Nebbiolo...