Stefano Girelli - The Wine People
We have worked with Stefan Girelli for over 25 years, a relationship that has yielded many exceptional wines, from everyday drinking to fine Chianti estate wines.
In 2009 Stefano established a new business called ‘The Wine People’ in partnership with Frenchman, Philippe Marx, and Dutchman Peter Kosten. They have combined their skill and experience to bring affordable good value wines from across Italy, with the help of renowned Italian winemaker Stefano Chioccioli who makes all the wines. (Please look separately for the superb Chiantis from Chioccioli.) All vineyards are situated on gentle hillside slopes in the Treviso province. Vines are Cordon trained and density is 4-5,000 plants per hectare.
An enjoyable, everyday drinking wine with aromas and flavours of both citrus and tropical fruit, layered with a crisp zesty freshness and a degree of stony minerality.. seems to punch above its lowly appellation in more ways than one.
Perfect with seafood or as an aperitif.
The grapes are selected from the best vineyards in the Trapani area. The Pinot Grigio is picked in early August, whilst the Catarratto is picked in the second half of September. After destemming, grapes are gently pressed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures not exceeding 18°C for approximately 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation does not take place. After the fermentation of Catarratto is finished, the two wines are blended and kept on fine lees until the end of December.