Europe’s leading gourmet lifestyle magazine Der Feinschmeker, red by 30 million people plus, selected Istria’s wine maker Giorgio Clai as one of the newcomers of the wine scene for 2012. Der Feinshemeker magazine runs the traditional Wine awards each year selecting the best wine labels, wine producers and picking the best winegrowers pushing their reputation on the international wine scene.
Wine awards 2012 included awards for life’s work, newcomer of the year, wine legend, winegrower of the year, wine of the year and wine gourmet award of the year. The gala event took place at the posh castel Schloss Bensberg in Germany on March 3.
And the winner is…
Mr. Clai, even though not elected as the newcomer of 2012, joined the prestigious club of the most influential and succesfull European wine producers. He was selected in the category along with Dominic Huber of Spain and Paul Weltner of Germany; the first place and the title of the newcomer of the year went to Dominic Huber from Terroir al Limit from the Spanish village of Poble de Torroja (Cataluna).
For all those German natives, here’s a video in German on the nominees for the newcomer of the year 2012 selected by Der Feinschmecker http://www.wineawards.info/de/wineawards/archiv/?category=newcomer-des-jahres
I spoke to Giorgio Clai the other day and he told me it was a great honor to be selected. Being modest as ever, he promised to deliver more great wine in the future noting that he was pleased to have participated at such an elegant event at Schloss Bansberg.
Malvasia Sv.Jakov and Brombonero
Giorgio Clai become known for his old school wine making: in his vineyards in Krasica near Buje (northwester part of Istria) he lets nature does its work and he’s considered one of the first bio dynamic wine growers in the region. His famous malvasia Istriana in the Sv.Jakov label emanates the golden yellow color, almost orange. Clai’s prized wines include his white and red blends Ottocento: red being a blend of teran, merlot and cabernet sauvignon and white, a blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, malvasia istriana and pinot gris. Brombonero label made of refosco is also a must when it comes to Istrian wines.