Pitars winery tasting (Italy)
We are still in the wine tasting season. On June 1st, it was the turn of the Pitars Winery, in Italy. The micro-vinifications of the study of isolation, identification, selection and characterisation of the winery’s own yeasts, were tasted.
To carry out this tasting, David García (LEV2050’s CEO) and Antonio Casadamón (commercial director of LEV2050) travelled to Italy. There the tasting took place with Bruno and Stefano Pittaro, Owner and Director of Cantina Pitars respectively, as well as Marco Olmastroni (LEV2050’s representative in Italy), Enrico Bortolini (director of the Italian company Alea Evolution), and other oenologists and wineries advisors in Italy.
What did the tasting constist of?
20 micro-vinifications were tasted, all with the same wine-base, in other words, they are made from the same grapes. However, each micro-vinification was carried out with a different yeast as fermentation starter. These can be both from the Saccharomyces genus, as well as from other different species of the Non-Saccharomyces genus. All these strains belong to the Pitars winery, and have been isolated, identified and characterised in micro-fermentations by LEV2050.
The tasting showed that each one of the 20 resulting micro-vinifications presented totally different organoleptic profiles. After the tasting, the winery chose the yeasts that revealed the best profiles in the wine, taking into account the analytical data resulting from each fermentation. Some really interesting things were seen.
Later on, we will carry out different mixed micro-vinifications with these chosen yeasts, using mixes of them as fermentation starters, looking for synergies between them. After a second tasting, the Pitars winery will be able to decide which combinations of their own yeasts they like the most, and they will be able to use them in their next fermentations to obtain their own unique profiles.
Here are some photos of the tasting.
We hope you enjoyed it!