Things are coming to life after a short, and quite mild winter. The rich and fiery red wines we've been enjoying throughout the winter months, are shelved, making room to enjoy delicious rosé and white wines. Our wine of the week might be a new acquaintance for some of you, but I'm sure you'll be hanging out all summer.
Arneis is a white Italian grape variety, originating from Piemonte, Italy. It's most commonly found in the hills of the Roero area, located north east in the Cuneo Province.
Piemonte as a whole, produces 90% red wine, and the whites produced here are less known. But if you really wanna indulge and experience something new, accessible and super tasty, try the Arneis from Roero.
One of my favourite producers in Piemonte is Malvira. It started production in the early 50's and today it's run by the two brothers Massimo and Roberto Damonte.
Massimo is in charge of the vineyards and Roberto is chief of the cellar.
They produce an impressive range of classic Piemonte wines. Ranging from robust Barolos, delicate and light Barberas, to a wide range of white wines.
And the whites are what sets the winery apart from the rest of Piemonte. Normally a winery will produce 90-95% red wines, but at Malvira they produce 55-60% whites. At the moment they feature 12 different whites, including a spumante. Five of the whites feature the superb Arneis grape and 3 of the 5 are single vineyard projects. And even more fun; the prices are very very nice.
As wine of the week, we've selected their most accessible and price friendly white Roero Arneis. It's found in quite a few of Vinmonopolets stores, around Norway.
PS! - Try one of their single vineyard Roero Arneis as well. They come at 214-218Kr, which is quite a bargain. Easy to order online.