Rossese di Dolceacqua Posaù. The Ligurian mountains (2)
Today we conclude our interview with Giovanna Maccario begun yesterday and then proceed with a vertical tasting of her Rossese di Dolceacqua Posaù wine.
Doctor Wine: What do you think of the new regulations governing Rossese production introduced in 2011 and how has the market responded to them?
Giovanna Maccario: We producers were directly involved in drawing them up and I’m glad we did. We were able to impose that the wine cannot be made and bottled outside our area and thus we avoided the appearance on the market of Rossese that cannot be verified.
DW: There is now also the possibility to put the name of the cru on the label, the so-called additional geographic mention, which has given the wine a very Burgundy-esque image.
GM: The use of the ‘mention’ lets us put the name of our vineyard on the label and for us this is a good thing. The wines in this area have historically been known by the name of their vineyard, at least when they were good.
DW: Given your courageous winemaking procedure, the richness of the land and the influx of tourists, one would think the wines would cost more.
GM: Given the low yield of the vineyards we could never get rich! Every operation carried out in the vineyard brings with it a high labor cost and for sure we would make more if we were growing flowers. As for tourism, today’s tourists are not as wealthy as they used to be, at least those who come to our area. Unfortunately, these two factors never coincide (she laughs).
DW: What are Maccario Dringenberg’s principle markets?
GM: A good half our production is sold in Italy and the rest, which should increase, is exported to the United States, Japan, Norway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Switzerland and Belgium.
The wines in the following tasting are all made with 95% Rossese grapes and 5% Massarda and age in stainless steel.