Having fallen in love with the food and wine of Italy, Trish Nelson - a native Australian - decided to move there to learn more and never left. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, she travelled all over the country spending time with its most talented artisans and notably spent several years living, working and learning alongside two influential producers, Antonio and Daniela of Cantina Giardino and Gianmarco and Clementine of Le Coste. She now lives in a small cottage in Località Gazzetta on the hills above the village of Bolsena in Lazio’s north. In this beautiful spot with views across Lago di Bolsena she farms two hectares of old vineyards planted with Procanico and Ansonica, with a little Malvasia and Moscato scattered throughout. The lake is one of the largest volcanic lakes in Europe and is blessed with an interesting microclimate due to the special wind patterns created by this great mass of water as it heats and cools. The vineyards sit between the Mediterranean Sea and the Apennine Mountains, which makes for a temperate climate kept fresh by mountain breezes. The soils, mainly ash and sand of volcanic origins, possess an interesting minerality that each variety expresses differently. In the vineyard she works organically, employing herbal teas from local plants such as nettle, dandelion, willow and camomile. In her makeshift cantina, grapes are fermented and aged in a variety of vessels with nothing added at any stage. Like Trish, her wines are joyful and full of life. They are pure, delicate and nourishing wines to be enjoyed everyday.
The grapes here were the first Trish picked from the parcel of 40 year old vines she rents right next to her home above Lago di Bolsena. A blend of Procanico, Ansonica and Malvasia Toscana. This was fermented as whole bunches for three weeks, before being pressed off to chestnut and cuve for a year of rest. A beautiful shade of amber, this is fruity and mellow, with a pleasant herbaceous character and just the right amount of tannin. It would be beautiful alongside vignarola, the Roman spring vegetable stew that Trish adores. Wayward had a small part to play in this wine too - we visited Gazzetta during harvest in 2018 and helped to pick and foot-crush the grapes for this particular vintage! We love Trish and, needless to say, her wines have a special place in our heart. Big recommendation!