Heroic viticulture can be defined in several ways. Surely, to grow grapes under quasi impossible conditions must be included in that definition. The lagoon of Venice is perhaps the most unlikely place in the world to grown grapevines. Yet, few know that the Serenissima has centuries old history of growing wine grapes and making wine for its population. This seminar explores different type of heroic viticulture, the history of wine in Venice and its lagoon and discover that it is still possible today to taste wines from grapes grown in the lagoon.
A self-declared “Gourmand and a Storyteller”, JC is deeply passionate about wine and other pleasures of the table. Holder of the WSET Level 4, he is a WSET Certified Wine Educator and a Vinitaly Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. In January 2019, he was appointed Greater China Ambassador for Franciacorta and Master of the Hong Kong Delegation of the “Ordine dei Cavalieri del Tartufo e dei Vini d’Alba”. JC now talks about wine live on RTHK Radio 3 each Thursdays in Hong Kong and contributes to Spirito diVino Italia with bi-monthly articles on the issues facing Italian wineries when selling their wines in Greater China. After 27 years in Hong Kong, he relocated to Verona in November 2021 where he specializes in wine marketing including strategy, education, and storytelling. He is committed to stimulate the growth of Italian wines in international markets.
BACKDROP PHOTO CREDIT: Venissa
The Super-Whites of Friuli
In the late 1970s, the producer, Jermann, created Vintage Tunina, a complex blend of native and international white grapes that became iconic among Friuli’s superior white blends. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Jermann inspired several other Friuli producers, particularly in the DOCs of Collio and Friuli Colli Orientali.