From the power and passion of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the majestic castles that grace its borders, Verona is the pride and soul of Italy. Oh, did we mention wine?
Verona is also in a part of northeast Italy where the country's finest white wines are made. It is one of the few places in the world - and the only place in Italy - where the whites take center stage over the reds.
Nobilissima was founded by the Cielo family in 1908 and is currently run by the family's sixth generation. The name translates to "a noble place of beauty" and this estate has definitely lived up to that moniker. The family owns another property in the south, in Chianti, where they also craft wines of distinction.
Pinot Grigio is one of the most popular white wines on Earth and easily the most popular white wine from Italy. But it is important to note that not all Pinot Grigio from Italy is created equally.
Though it is grown almost everywhere in Italy, Pinot Grigio from the Delle Venezie D.O.C. (a designation just created in 2017) is unmatched. The region encompasses all of Veneto, Fruili and the province of Trento in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. When you've tasted Pinot Grigio made from this area side-by-side with wines made in other states, you can understand the difference.
Here the wines have more weight and complexity. That extra body just magnifies the sensuous flavors of peach, pear and guava followed by waves of citrus and minerality. The sheer presence of flavors is awe inspiring, leading you on to another luscious sip.