1. From the Langhe to the Monferrato by train

    From the Langhe to the Monferrato by train

    In Piedmont the historic railway line,  which goes from Asti to Castagnole delle Lanze and to Nizza Monferrato, has been reopened. There are 45 kilometers of a tourist railway route that joins the Langhe and the Monferrato, a territory that in 2017 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list....

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  2. The magical atmosphere of the Monferrato

    The magical atmosphere of the Monferrato

    Uvamatris comes from Monferrat, a part of the region of Piedmont that comprises roughly  the modern provinces of Alessandria and Asti. Montferrat is one of the most important wine districts of Italy. The territory is cut in two by the river Tanaro. The northern part (the Basso Monferrato, “Low Montferrat”), which lies between that river and the Po,...

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  3. Etymology of “Monferrato”

    Etymology of “Monferrato”

    Do you know the Etymology of “Monferrato”? There are various interpretations and assumptions,  but to date none are certain. There are many opinions, with Aldo Ricaldone stating the name was derived from “Mount” and farro — a variety of wheat. Another claim is that it comes from the Latin Mons ferax meaning “mount fertile and rich.” Still...

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  4. Barbera is Piedmont’s best-performing wine: +6.3%

    Barbera is Piedmont’s best-performing wine: +6.3%

    Barbera production has grown by 6.3%, quite a remarkable result with over 21 million bottles of Barbera d’Asti produced in 2017. Barbera production involves 167 municipalities in the Asti and Alessandria provinces. Filippo Mobrici, the President of the Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato Consortium, presented these figures at a...

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  5. “Young” wines

    “Young” wines

    Depending on the type of wine, “young” can be considered compliment or unpleasant word. If a wine is considered not able to age, then “young” can be a compliment, as you want to say that this wine is fresh. If there’s a wine that may gets better aging, “young” means...

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  6. Wine in art: Paul Cézanne

    Wine in art: Paul Cézanne

    Paul Cézanne – The Drinker, 1891 Oil on canvas French painter with Italian origins, Cézanne was influenced by a new artistic expression philosophy: Impressionism. In order to better taste this painting, Uvamatris recommends to look it well lighted from some distance. So you will recompose the image in the way that...

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  7. Wine structure

    Wine structure

      When Uvamatris talks about “wine structure”… What does it mean? Wine structure refers to its consistency: the more it’s consistent, the more has an important structure. It’s the totality of the substances that compose it (alcohol, glycerol, sugars, acids, tannins and mineral salts). In fact , according to this, a...

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  8. “Thin” wines

    “Thin” wines

      Wines made of grapes grown in cold weather tend not to ripen fully, so they become sour, slightly fruity and limited structured wines; these ones are called “thin”. Some wines are made in this way on purpose (dry sparkling wines, in particular), reaching austere and sour flavor. Other reasons...

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  9. It’s all about “nose”

    It’s all about “nose”

      In order to describe a wine, the experienced sommeliers always talk about “nose” and not “scent”. “Nose” is the mix between scent and bouquet. According to the wine character, it can be described with more or less strong adjectives like, for example, “inebriating” or “vigorous”, when wine has a...

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