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Paolo Sunday, 4 January 2015

Ladinia wine, less is more

Wine lists, when well done, are like the great classics of literature. Looking through them, contemplating them, following their story through geographical regions, nations and continents is like imagining scents, sensations and emotions that, through the sense of smell, reach the palate even before the bottle is uncorked. Like great literary masterpieces, great wines never go out of style. And they communicate epic, legendary, unforgettable stories.
Ladinia wine, less is more
“Wine and faces. In Ladinia, bottles of wine are never anonymous, they always faithfully reflect the spirit of those who produce them.”
There are, however, shorter wine lists that have the merit of focusing on a particular aspect, which does not, however, make them secondary, often tied to a specific territory, a common vision and a way of understanding life and wine. These are precious miniatures, compiled with real passion and true expertise. And so it is with the Ladinia wine list, intentionally written to be not a novel but rather an unaffected, genuine, sincere story. If the art of the novel finds affinity with film, short stories go arm in arm with photography. And a photograph can contain within it the sublime.
The Ladina wine list developed from a very precise idea, that of giving a face to wine, partnering what is for the most part only a name with the identity of those who produce it. And so, on the list's few, anything-but-glossy pages, made of a coarse, yellowish paper reminiscent of soil, what unfolds is a story based on people who share a way of doing and not just a way of being.  The narrative winds through the winegrowers' hard work in the fields, early in the morning, praying that the weather will be merciful throughout the whole grape growing period, passionate about their work and the land they cultivate with such love and absolute devotion.
Wine and faces: on one side the bottles, on the other, a short profile of the people who produce them. All in the spirit of an intimate essentiality, an amiable synthesis. The choice of personalities is for now focused on producers from Alto Adige, Trentino and the Veneto, with a special look at French bubbly, all united by a common thread: attention to the land and above all a way of working that has a lower chemical impact on the environment, both prerogatives dear to all of us at Perla. Some of the names are well known, like that of Alois Lageder, others less so, but no less worthy of note. The story of Eugenio Rosi, a Trentino wine producer or that of Martin Gojer, who will tell you about the wine seasons at his Pranzegg estate, are stories that will intrigue you. At base, the narrative is a simple one: quality and environmental sustainability accompanied by a concept deeply rooted in the minds of the wine producers, based on the idea that we do not inherit the land from our parents but rather borrow it from our children. 
There are writers who have told in twenty pages what would have been impossible to explain in five hundred. There are wine lists that will tell you amazing stories about our battered, however always beautiful, country, in stripped down and absolutely captivating prose. And so yes, popping over to Ladinia to read its wine, even before tasting it, is really worth it.

Paolo Baraldi
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