Mr Roberto Felluga conducting the Wine Masterclass at New Delhi
Wines from various regions of Italy
Interestingly, Marche (pronounced Mar-kay) is an IGT wine region and is located on the eastern side of central Italy. It is sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea on east and the Apennine mountains towards West.
Location of Marche in Central Italy (pic courtesy – Google maps)
It thus experiences both – warm winds from the sea and the cooling effect of mountains. In addition it also benefits from balancing effect of the rivers flowing through the area. All this coupled with a rich clay & limestone rich soil results in some excellent wines. And although the region is best known for its renowned ‘Verdicchio’ – a white wine, but it also gives some quality red ones.
Marche town on banks of Adriatic sea (pic courtesy – Google)
Porpora Rosso – a red wine by Il Polenza estate in Marche IGT
All above, coupled with sincere wine making by the producer results in an excellent wine with enticing deep purple hues, smooth and rounded tannins, refreshing acidity, rich mouth feel and lingering finish.
A special mention is deserved by the array of Italian cold cuts on the table which paired extremely well with the wines thereby greatly enhancing the wine experience.
Italian small bites and cold cuts tasted well with all the wines
The Masterclass culminated with an informal and a pleasurable interaction between all present. Mr Felluga could be seen his humble avatar – himself pouring wines for enthusiastic guests who were all keenly immersed in the experience.
Guests were keen and enthusiastic about the masterclass & the overall wine experience
I would conclude by saying the event was a unique and pleasurable Indo-Italian oeonological fusion which show cased the immense possibilities and promise of Italian wines promotion in India.