Joe Bastianich is a busy man. He owns a clutch of New York’s most famous Italian restaurants in partnership with celebrated chef, Mario Batali, is a judge on Masterchef USA, makes wine in four Italian regions, and keeps bees in his spare time. Just having lunch with him is exhausting.
The Bastianich winery is located in Friuli, where Joe’s parents were born, and it specialises in local grapes such as Friulano and Ribolla Gialla. The original vineyard, located in the communes of Buttrio and Premariacco, lies in the warmest, southernmost zone. These terraced vineyards heated by the plains and the Adriatic Sea. Re-planted and re-terraced in 2000-2002, these vines are reaching their height of quality and production.
The house style is very fresh and crisp with lots of aromatic fruit, making the wines an ideal partner for everything from spaghetti to sushi. The wines are already rated amongst the top in the region with the Vespa Bianco, receiving Tre Bicchieri in the Gambero Rosso no fewer than six times!