Calcarius FOS

Regular price $22.00

Winemaker: Valentina Passalacqua

Appellation: Puglia, Italy

Grape Varieties: Greco

Orange wine of Greco, given 5 days on the skins. An old variety named as such because it was thought to have come to the peninsula with Greek colonizers but is most likely a native variety of southern Italy. Calcarius is a second label of wines from Valentina Passalacqua, a natural winemaker and biodynamic grape grower. Fermented to full dryness with indigenous yeasts, not filtered, and the only additive being a tiny dose of sulfites.

Calcarius is an avant-garde natural wine project from Valentina Passalacqua, focused on the kimmeridgian limestone soils of her childhood town, Arpicena, at the feet of the Gargano mountains in Puglia. Valentina worked in business in London 10 years ago. After the birth of daughter, Giulia, she felt a desire to return to her homeland and engage more with nature. This area is full of calcerous limestone in the soil, white rocks jutting out everywhere amongst the vines. Combined withe the salty air from the Adriatic sea, and Valentina’s careful picking (much earlier than all of her neighbors of course) the wines of the Calcarius project are all light on their feet and very elegant. Although the wines do receive a small dose of sulfur for stability during travel, they taste like unsulfured natural wines to us, vibrant, and easy to drink. A true reflection of the elegant terroir of the region.

- Jenny & Francois