Accordingly to Slow Food principles, in this year's edition winemakers practicing organic or biodynamic agriculture account for the 56% of the total reviewed, and 63% of the awarded wines too display the same features. The 2023 guide couldn't help addressing the climate crisis which affects winemaking deeply. «True winemakers, who are used to walk daily through their vineyards, have experienced the gradual escalation towards drought and the effects of high temperatures – commented Giancarlo Gariglio, the guide's editor, in the introduction – trying to detect the vines' needs day by day, thus drawing precious lessons for the future. Now we must turn ourselves to study and scientific research, and put in place a system that takes into consideration their positive and negative experiences».
Friuli Venezia Giulia in Slow Wine 2023
Once Italy's most raining region, Friuli Venezia Giulia too had to face the severe drought brought by last summer's extreme heatwave. The situation here was made even worse by some terrible fires, on the border with Slovenia, that devastated some Karstic areas. The crisis urged Friulian winemakers to develop new methods and to share knowldege and experience with each other. In Slow Wine 2023 Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia are joint together, in order to include also those territories like Brda, Vipavska Dolina, Karst and Istria, a decision that editors of the guide took some years ago.
The Friulian and Slovenian Top Wines are 49, and many of them embrace the DOC areas of Collio and Friuli Isonzo. It's a triumph for native varieties such as Friulano, Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla, Schioppettino, the most awarded ones. Among Friulian Top Wines are some renowned winemakers such as Gravner, Zidarich, Villa Russiz, Vie di Romàns and Borgo San Daniele, and others like Vignai da Duline, Borgo Severo, Lupinc.
Some of them feature also in the Snail's list, where we can find 19 winemakers: among them, Roncùs, Movia, Skerk and Klabjan.
11 were the Bottles assigned, featuring Le Vigne di Zamò, Reia, Marjan Simčič. And 7 Coins were assigned to Borgo delle Oche, Borgo Savaian, Maurizio Buzzinelli, Thomas Kitzmüller, Stroppolatini, Tarlao Vignis in Aquileia, Visintini.
The evaluation system and all the 2023 numbers
The best wines of the region are awarded as “Top Wines”, among which there are also the “Slow Wines”. To the most interesting winemakers, those who best represent Slow Food principles, is assigned the “Snail”. The “Bottles” are awarded to winemakers whose overall tasted production has a good average quality, and “Coins” are given to those whose price-quality ratio is outstanding.
Here are all the numbers of Slow Wine 2023 guide:
- 24.500 wines up for tasting
- 1.957 winemakers' facilities visited and reviewed
- 227 winemakers awarded with the Snail
- 194 winemakers awarded with the Bottle
- 74 winemakers awarded with the Coin
- 787 Top Wines
- 386 Slow Wines
- 156 Daily Wine: Top Wine whose price isn't over 12€
- 587 winemakers who give a 10% discount on wine sales to owners of Slow Wine 2023 guide