Last Thursday, ABCFWS guests attending our North Port wine tasting enjoyed a memorable treat when Veneto winemaker Giovanna Tantini stopped by to pour her signature wines .
Giovanna Tantini produces distinctive Bardolino, Bardolino Chiaretto and Rosso Veronese IGT in Castelnuovo del Garda, where she runs her eponymous winery and an agriturismo. A few years back, I had the privilege of visiting with Giovanna and her importer Nadia Galati at her cellar in nearby Lazise, a picturesque hamlet on the banks of Lake Garda.
She’s a passionate supporter for the well-made, food friendly (if somewhat overlooked and mischaracterized wines of Bardolino. The winemaking style is indicative of this vision and a natural reflection of her personality: warm, generous, authentic and vibrant. Her resulting wines exude a definite sense of place; echoing Bardolino’s microclimate and composite of glacial, chalky and sandy sub-soils while hallmarking the typicity of her varietals.
Giovanna started her operation in 2002 after completing stints in both law and enology school. Today she oversees roughly 30 acres of organically farmed vineyards planted to Corvina, Rondinella, Merlot and Cabernet.
Fast-forward to the night of North Port event: the store was packed to capacity with Giovanna at the center of attention, flanked by our enthusiastic patrons. Even amongst the hubbub she was poise personified. She talked to everyone about her wines, personally signed bottles and even posed for a few selfies with staff and guests.
As our good fortune would have it, Nadia Galati was also on-hand for our wine event too; taking time out from her busy importing duties at Alberello Wines to assist Giovanna.
Nadia is presently launching a statewide barnstorming tour with a dozen of her Italian winemakers at select ABCFWS events across the state. Don’t miss them in the Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, Palm Coast and Orlando markets beginning next week.
A list of dates, locations and times are posted on our website.
Jim Greeley, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor- SW Florida
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