Maybe the highest honour we could have ever desired to receive. Our Fatalone Organic Wines selected in the 7th edition, the latest, of the World Atlas of Wine by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson: the most comprehensive and in-depth overview of the wines and the geographical areas of wine production from all over the world edited by the two most renowned and respected opinion leaders in the wine journalism world. Our Fatalone Primitivo Riserva was selected among the four most representative wines of Southern Italy with the assertion: “one of Puglia’s most consistently complex Primitivos”. The organic and 100% sustainable Fatalone winery is also particularly proud to have been mentioned among the most “notable producers” from Puglia and the only “notable producer” in our appellation area: the D.O.C. Gioia del Colle.
We are excited and proud to see our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2011 in Jane Anson’s recently published book, Wine Revolution: The World’s Best Organic, Biodynamic & Natural Wines, among the best 250 hand-crafted wines from all over the world. Jane Anson is an award-winning wine expert, author and contributing editor of Decanter magazine. Her book, Wine Revolution, “details 250 hand-crafted wines from a rigorous selection of artisan, eco-friendly wineries”.
We continue to celebrate! On Nov. 2nd, we held a second (the first, in London) vertical tasting of our Fatalone Riserva in New York City to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our brand, Fatalone Organic Wines. The event was held at Astor Center and was by invitation only. This event was also made possible with the help of Alice Feiring and our importers in New York. Ms. Feiring is an award-winning wine writer specializing in natural wines and editor of The Feiring Line, “The Natural Wine Newsletter”.
In a masterclass-style presentation, Pasquale Petrera, Fatalone’s own 5th generation winemaker, poured 15 vintages of our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva dating back to 1988. The tasting panel included local and international press, sommeliers and trade. Some of our invitees were: Alice Feiring of “The Feiring Line”, Jim Sligh of “Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels”, Oscar Wolf of “Chambers St Wines”, Mike Colameco of “Real Food, PBS”, Tara Thomas of “Wine & Spirits Magazine”, Levi Dalton of “I’ll Drink To That Podcast”, Catherine Todd of “Dame Wine” and Lorena Ascencios of “Astor Wines”.
For the first time this year, we presented our Fatalone Organic Wines at Raw Wine 2018 in New York City. RAW WINE brings together “over 140 of the world’s best low-intervention organic / biodynamic/natural wine growers.” We introduced all of Fatalone wines: Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva, Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo, Puglia IGT Primitivo “Teres” e il nostro vino bianco, Puglia IGT Greco “Spinomarino”.
To be a part of Raw Wine, our wines had to pass a strict selection process. Thankfully, Raw Wine Fair’s entry requirements are in complete agreement with our own philosophy of producing organic wines, using only our own hand-picked grapes, low levels of sulphites, spontaneous fermentation and sustainable practices without sacrificing quality and taste.
We were particularly proud to have been the only winery representing Puglia in this wonderful event.
On the 7th of March, we celebrated in London the 30th anniversary of the Fatalone brand. We held a vertical tasting with 15 vintages dating back to 1988 of our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva. While our main focus remains on making an organic, natural and sustainable wine, the event was of primary importance to us as we continue in our quest to affirm that Primitivo is also a wine that can age and it does so gracefully.
That day we were honored with the presence of Mr. Walter Speller, an internationally renowned wine writer and critic. Mr. Speller is in charge of the Italian wine reviews for Jancis Robinson’s blog “Purple Pages,” an important reference for wine enthusiasts and critics worldwide.
In his article, “Massaging Primitivo with music therapy” published in June 2018, Mr. Speller magnificantly narrates the vertical tasting while adding some history of the Primitivo grape and wine in the region of Puglia. He reflects on our use of music therapy in the cellar and notes that “the idea is not as insane as it may sound.” In the end, he draws the following conclusion:
“Whatever the effect of sound waves, the 16 wines below more than convinced me of the ageing capacity of Primitivo as well as its complexity, provided it is in the right hands.”
We are thrilled with his final comment because in the end our Primitivo, made only with our own locally grown grapes, remains above all an authentic expression of our territory.
At the end of Mr. Speller’s article, you’ll find his detailed notes on each of the vintages we presented in London.
You can visit Jancis Robinson’s blog at www.jancisrobinson.com
The “5 Star Wines” is a wine guide and contest organized during VinItaly to evaluate and award the best Italian wines in all of Italy. Within this guide, you’ll find “Wine Without Walls,” a wine contest dedicated to selecting the best “natural” wines in Italy. In order to participate, wines have to be certified organic and, among other requirements, contain low levels of sulfites, less than 40mg.
Our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2011 and 2012 were both winners. It’s empowering to see, not one, but two of our Riservas among the 17 best natural wines in all of Italy! We remain committed to producing excellent natural wines.
Our Fatalone Organic Wines have been featured in Decanter’s Magazine February 2018 issue along with other excellent Apulian wines in an article titled “Fighting a Dream Climate,” which addresses the Primitivo variety’s proliferation in such a seemingly unwelcoming climate.
“Fatalone works biodynamically, with an impressive carbon-neutral winery. Fans of Fatalone’s Primitivo can decide if they share Pasquale Petrera’s belief in music therapy (a Rudolf Steiner concept), but whatever tunes or pieces the botti are listening to must be having a positive effect, judging by the quality of the wines.”
Within the same piece, our Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Fatalone 2015 was picked for the list, “A taste of modern Puglia: Woolf’s 10 wines to try.” Our wine is described as “balanced and fresh” and a true testament to a wine that can “achieve greatness with no oak at all.”
We will be presenting the current and new vintages of our Fatalone Organic Wines at ProWein 2018 from the 18th to the 20th of March in Düsseldorf. We will be located in Hall 13, Booth F59 in the diViBio group. The wines we will present are the following: Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2013, Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo 2015, Puglia IGT Primitivo “Teres” 2017 rosé 100% made with Racemi of Primitivo and Puglia IGT Greco “Bianco Spinomarino” 2017.
We are specially excited for our first participation in this internationally recognized wine fair.
We are delighted to announce we will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of our Fatalone organic wines in London! We will be presenting 15 vintages of our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva dating back to 1988 in a vertical tasting masterclass. This historic event will take place on Wednesday, 7th of March and will be hosted by Les Caves de Pyrene, an internationally recognized importer of high quality natural wines in London. Pasquale Petrera, Fatalone’s own 5th generation winemaker, will be conducting the masterclass. The tasting panel will include internationally renowned press. The event will be followed by a traditional Apulian dinner paired to all of our wines.
The Masterclass and wine dinner will be held at Enoteca Turi in London. This event is by invitation only.
For those that are curious to learn and taste more Primitivos from Puglia, Luciano Pignataro’s blog is a great place to start. In this post, he highlights ten of the best Primitivo wines in Puglia from the Gioia del Colle DOC and Salento area, including our own Riserva.
Our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2013 is described as “a fresh, red wine with character.” And, of course, we completely agree! Read more about our own and other great wines from the region by following this link: