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Niccolò Lari and La Svolta winery!
La Svolta winery is located just on the outskirts of Florence, more precisely close to Lastra a Signa. It is a small winery that Niccoló Lari started a few years ago when he decided to make a change to his life. In fact, the name of the winery is “La Svolta” which means turning point. He worked in a completely different field when he decided to try and focus on his passion for wine and become a small independent winemaker.
He started his winemaking path just a few years ago and came out with his first vintages in 2016. The winery is organically certified and since a year or two he is also a member of Vin Natur. This means that he produces wines that are as natural as possible.
Niccolò’s winery is located in the Chianti DOCG area. He has 15 hectares of land that he rents of which 5 hectares are vineyard plots where he grows mainly Sangiovese, as well as Trebbiano, Canaiolo, and Merlot. The vineyards are located on the hills outside of Florence at an altitude of about 170 meters.
Niccolò produces three different types of Chianti DOCG wines, namely the entry-level Chianti DOCG (90% Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo), a Chianti DOCG without sulfites – Il Principio -, and the third Chianti DOCG (100% Sangiovese) is the family selection – La Familia. He also makes a rosé wine – Habibi – a white macerated Trebbiano – Beatnik – and a rosé as well as a white fizzy whine ‘col fondo’, both in his Rean series.
Niccolò is still in the beginning as a wine producer but in just a couple of years, he has made huge leaps forward. This interview took place about 2 years ago when he was really in his first experimenting phases. However, I am sure you will find it interesting to learn more about this up-and-coming winemaker.
Read more about Niccolò and his winemaking at La Svolta winery in the article 5 Wineries Manifesting Themselves at Back To The Wine.
Here in this episode, we talk about:
- Niccoló Lari presents himself (1:20 min onwards)
- Niccoló talks about the three different types of Chianti DOCG wines he produces (3:30 min onwards)
- His vision, i.e. how he wants to make wine – his idea of making natural wines (10:00 min onwards)
- His rosé wine and the fruit-forward character as the connecting thought in his wines (circa 12:50 min)
- Talking about his perceptions pre-harvest in his second year of production (circa 17:00 min onwards)
- Talking about his consulting oenologist (circa 21:00 min)
- Talking about Beatnik, his macerated Trebbiano wine (28:00 min onwards)
- The terroir on the hills of Lastra a Signa (32.40 min onwards)
- Food and wine pairings (41.30 min)
- …and much more
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