Giovannini

Wine By Three Generations of Giovannini

 

On the hills of Imola, a tiny town in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, you will find a vineyard that’s been producing delicious wines for three generations. Founded in the 60s by Garibaldo Giovannini, the winery was passed down to his son Giorgio. Now run by grandson Jacopo Giovannini and his wife Maddalena, the tradition of their land and their meticulous way of producing continues to leave nothing to chance.

“Now run by grandson Jacopo Giovannini and his wife Maddalena, the tradition of their land and their meticulous way of producing continues to leave nothing to chance.”

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The positioning of the Giovannini vineyards allows for stunning views of the Santerno Valley and also blesses them with loamy, clayey soil – perfect for cultivating distinctly aromatic grapes. The three local grapes Giovannini focuses on are Albana, Sangiovese and Trebbiano and in 2014 the family decided to make sustainability their priority and began producing solely organic wines. Most of the vineyards are between 150 and 170 meters above sea level with southeast exposure and almost all grapes are harvested manually between late august and september.

For those of us who are not lucky enough to be able to visit (yet!), you’re in luck! Right here on Kaataa are some of the cantina’s most prized wines. From red to white, from light and pleasant to robust and complex, there is a wine to suit your tastes. If you enjoy eating or serving meats such as roast chicken and rabbit, you might be looking for a soft yet warm white with a bold aroma. GioJa is the perfect wine for this and is coincidentally also the wine that bonds the generations of Giovannini winemakers as its name is a combination of Giorgio (son of the founder) and Jacopo, grandson of founder Garibaldo): Gio-Ja. If you’re looking for a nice sangiovese to serve with your pasta al ragù or other red meat dishes, Giogiò is your wine; you can expect deep cherry, blackberry and ripe raspberry notes. Finally, if you’re looking for some bubbles to celebrate with, there’s Oppalà, a Trebbiano sparkling white. The grapes are rigorously hand-picked at the end of august and once it has fermented in barrels for a year, it is refermented in the bottle. Have this complex frizzante with aperitivo or serve it with white fish dishes.

“if you’re looking for some bubbles to celebrate with, there’s Oppalà, a Trebbiano sparkling white. The grapes are rigorously hand-picked at the end of august”

 

For those of us lucky enough to be able to visit the winery, you can book your visit knowing that you will be exploring (touching, smelling, seeing) decades old vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views of the Imola Apennines, weather permitting of course. During the summer months, you can even enjoy a light picnic on the expansive rolling hills of the property under the shade of its centuries old trees. Once the terrain has been explored, the visit moves to the cantina, where all the phases of production take place. To finish the tour you can taste the wines that you found most appealing along with optional local food pairings.

Today, Giovannini continues to focus on tradition and quality while also keeping things interesting by having local (bolognese) artists design their labels. The label for GioJa, for example, depicts a glass of white wine under a stone arch that is being held up by two hands. The stones represent the hard work it takes to maintain the land, the hands represent the care with which they cultivate their produce, and the glass represents what you will be enjoying when you receive your order – the finished product.

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