Schioppettino is establishing itself as a top red wine around the world. At the 36th International Wine Challenge (IWC), one of the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition, Vigna Traverso's Schioppettino di Prepotto 2015 distinguished itself in two category, winning both the Italian Red Trophy (National Trophy award) as the best red wine of the country, and the Friuli Red Trophy (Regional Trophy award), confirming itself as also the best one throughout Friuli Venezia Giulia.
One of Friuli's most peculiar native variety, Schioppettino is only produced in the small town of Prepotto, in the hills known as Colli Orientali, near Udine and just a few kilometres away from the Slovenian border. How did it overcome other contestants? Well, according to the judges' tasting notes, because it's “vibrant, joyful and peppery with some meaty savoury undertones and fresh summer berry fruits. Flavours of white pepper and fresh strawberries. Good structure and pleasing length”.
Vigna Traverso was founded in 1998 by Giancarlo Traverso and is now run by his son Stefano Traverso, owner and winemaker. Its vineyards are 22 hectares wide and the Colli Orientali's terroir, microclimate and altitude are perfect to produce white and red wines.
The IWC 2019 results were announced on May 8th after two weeks of blind-tasting of wines from 40 countries, by a panel of 400 international wine experts from 38 countries. Every wine is judged for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage and each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 12 different judges.
The 2019 competition also marked a historical overtaking of Italy over France as to rosé wine. Torre Mora's Scalunera Etna Rosato 2018 from Sicily gained the International Rosé Trophy (International Varietal Trophy award). Excellent result also for Mezzacorona's Castel Firmian Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2015 from Trentino Alto-Adige, which won the Teroldego Trophy (Varietal Trophy award).
The other Italian wines topping the National Trophy award were Cantine Lvnae's Numero Chiuso 2015, a Vermentino variety (Italian White Trophy), Tenuta di Capezzana's Vinsanto Riserva 2011 (Italian Sweet Trophy) and Campari Group's 1757 Vermouth Di Torino Rosso (Vermouth Trophy).