Morellino di Scansano DOCG is an Italian red wine made in the hilly environs of the village of Scansano.
The cultivation of vines in Scansano and surrounding areas has very ancient origins, all the way back to the Etruscans, demonstrated by the findings of agricultural tools for pruning and harvesting grapes at the archaeological site of Ghiaccioforte.
In the medieval period, interesting quotes from scholars and researchers enhance the excellence of the pedo-climatic conditions that the Scansanese area offers for the precious cultivation of the vine. Rulers and feudal lords in the Middle Ages recognized the need to grant by distinguishing the lands suitable for this crop, which had particular protection with specific statutory regulations.
Morellino di Scansano DOCG wine, if destined to be qualified with the term Riserva, must be subjected to an ageing period of no less than two years, of which at least one in wooden barrels. The wine achieved the recognition of the Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) in 1978 and in 2006 the Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG).
As a demonstration of the roots of the winemaking tradition in the territory, the “Grape Festival” has been held in Scansano since 1969, celebrations linked to the harvest period, in the dozens of medieval cellars of the town, testimony to the widespread popular custom of production for family consumption and sale.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.