Thursday, October 6, 2016

RAW WINE Meets Slow Food: Geeking Out on Heritage Winemaking Gear with Via Vecchia

Via Vecchia's housed in Columbus' old Brewery District 

There's a place where people like to geek out on heritage vines. That's California.

Then there's a place where a guy likes to geek out on actually using heritage winemaking equipment. That's Columbus, Ohio. Say what? you say. Yes, Columbus, Ohio.

English by birth and Tuscan by heritage, winemaker Paolo Rosi uses his treasured, century old winemaking equipment to make an organically grown wine at his Via Vecchia winery. (Aptly, "Via Vecchia" means the "old way" in Italian.)

When Rosi moved to the U.S. from London, he brought with him his family's winemaking equipment:

• Three 100-140 year old demijohns in their hand beaten, riveted metal carriers
• A hand corker
• A device used to pull olive oil off the top of the wine in the neck of the demijohns

His old time methods caught the attention of the Piedmont-based Slow Food leaders. He was invited to bring his wine to Italy.

Although he wasn't raised as an Italian American, he might be considered one now, since he follows another time-honored Italian American tradition - buying his wine grapes from Lodi, and having them shipped across the country to his winery.

His Respiro Cabernet comes from the Mettler family vineyard in Lodi.

He'll be pouring the Respiro at RAW WINE, the natural wine festival in Brooklyn, in Nov. Now you can see (from these pix) where it comes from.

Cin, cin.

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