Pinot Grigio is one of the most beloved wines of Italy with its lightness and freshness. It is a grape variety that is dry, crisp, and aromatic. Pinot Grigio from Italy is also made in a style that is gaining in popularity – let me introduce you to Ramato. Ramato is not quite pink like a rosé or copper-like an orange wine, Ramato falls in between and creates a category all its own. Here is everything you need to know about Ramato wines.
What Is Ramato Wine?
Ramato is a style of Pinot Grigio that has great texture and depth. It is made by crushing Pinot Grigio grapes and after which the juice spends time on the skins. Depending on the length of maceration you get a wine that could be pale pink, to light copper, or even a deep salmon hue. The resulting effect is a wine with great depth and texture.
Friuli-Venezia-Giulia – The History of Ramato Wines
Ramato may a new trendy style of wine, but the fact is the Italians have been making Ramato for a very long time. The Ramato style of producing Pinot Grigio comes from Friuli-Venezia-Giulia where Pinot Grigio has been harvested for hundreds of years. Historically Pinot Grigio had always been produced in the Ramato style.
When the Pinot Grigio revolution occurred in the mid-1960s when Santa Margherita began exporting dry crisp, fresh Pinot Grigio, the international style of producing this grape variety shifted. Many producers still held on to local tradition and culture and continued to produce a Ramato style as well as the more modern version of Pinot Grigio. Today this traditional style of Pinot Grigio is back in vogue amongst wine lovers around the globe.
Ramato Wines To Try Now
As we embark on the summer months and start feeling the pink vibe and we get transported into the light, bright and breezy summertime mood, I would like you to introduce you to two special wines from the North East of Italy, made in the most traditional and intriguing Ramato style.
Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato (SRP $20)
Ramato is named for its copper color, which is obtained by leaving the must in contact with the skins for 24 hours. This wine from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, bordering on Slovenia, is a wine that boasts a rich, fruity bouquet and opens full and weighty on the palate, with multi-faceted flavors including white peach, cantaloupe, blackberry, and cherry. Perfect when paired with fatty fish, delicate or vegetable-based antipasti, and sweet-savory meats like prosciutto.
Lagaria Pinot Grigio Ramato delle Dolomiti IGT (SRP $15)
Lagaria is a new addition to the winery’s portfolio and just released in the US market. This Ramato Pinot Grigio is a reflection of the Dolomiti Mountain range where the grapes grow, crisp and refreshing. Extremely elegant, it is pale rosé in the color, fruity and floral on the nose, with hints of pear and acacia blossoms. It continues dry and delicate on the palate, well balanced, with a pleasant fresh note. Excellent as an aperitif or served with grilled fish, white meat and light dishes.
Surprise your guests this summer with this intriguing and special style of winemaking that is distinct to the northeastern regions of Italy, covering Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige.