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”.
In November 2018 in New York City, we carried out the 30th anniversary historic vertical tasting of our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva dating back to 1988. During the tasting, we surprised our guests with two bottles of Primitivo bottled by our grandparents, one from 1977 and the other from 1969 before the creation of our brand name, Fatalone.
This extraordinary event was made possible with the help of our importers in NYC and the talented Ms. Alice Feiring, an award-winning wine writer specializing in natural wines and creator of The Feiring Line. Alice recently wrote about our vertical tasting in her newsletter. The Feiring Line is an independent natural wine newsletter packed with only the best information on natural wines.
Falstaff, an internationally recognized Austrian Wine Guide, awarded our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2015 with a “Primitivo Trophy” as part of a special tasting of the excellent Primitivo wines in Puglia. As in previous tastings, the wines were expertly evaluated by an international tasting panel. Our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2015 was awarded a rating of 93 points for, among other qualities, its “bold acidity and a harmonious long finish”. We are specially proud to see our Fatalone Riserva in the list, as it’s one of the few organic primitivo wines that received this high rating and honor.
We celebrated the 30th Anniversary of our brand, Fatalone Organic Wines in New York City in November 2018 by holding a vertical tasting of our Fatalone Gioia del Colle Doc Primitivo Riserva dating back to 1988!
We had the pleasure of having Ms Catherine Todd of “Dame Wine”, one of the top wine bloggers in the US, in the tasting panel. Follow the link below where she shares her tasting notes and more about the vertical tasting from her unique perspective.
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.”
Falstaff, an internationally recognized Austrian Wine Guide, selected and rated two of our Fatalone Organic Wines among other top Apulian wines. The wines were evaluated by an international tasting panel among hundreds of wines.
Our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2013 was rated 93/100 and our Fatalone Gioia del Colle DOC Primitivo Riserva 2012 was rated 92/100.
Our Fatalone Organic Wines were proudly featured in the Japanese magazine Bella Italia Vol. 5., a widely read monthly focusing on Italian Culture published in Tokyo. The piece focused on the best of Apulian gastronomic culture and tradition. Following a tour of our winery and cellar, our visitors enjoyed a tasting of our organic Fatalone Primitivo Riserva DOC Gioia del Colle and our Bianco Spinomarino Greco IGT Puglia. Our Fatalone Organic Wines have been distributed in Japan since 2000.