Our Italy expert, Davy Zyw, just can’t resist the country’s rare white blends. His latest discovery comes from Valentino Cirulli, whose family have been making fine wines for more than 150 years. A fascinating blend of local grapes (see below), Hèdonè is named after the Italian word for pleasure – and what a fitting name it is. Look for vibrant aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A perfectly mouthwatering aperitivo.
Just southeast of Tuscany, Umbria is a new hotbed for serious wines. Though small (Italy’s fourthsmallest region), its rolling hills are an ideal spot for growing topnotch grapes – reds and whites included. Hèdonè is crafted with Trebbiano, Malvasia, Grechetto and Manzoni Bianco (aka Incrocio Manzoni – confusingly, this is also the name of a totally different, and red, grape). The latter is known for its finesse and elegance, and is favored by winemakers like Valentino for producing wines that balance delicate flavors with a trademark fuller body.