PLACE AND PRODUCTION
Molise is a small mountainous region which borders the Adriatic sea in
between Abruzzo and Puglia. In 2016, the Bixio family purchased a 25-
acre hillside vineyard, outside the small, scenic coastal town of
Petacciato. The growing season is very hot, and grapes ripen easily, but
the vineyard’s proximity to the sea is the crucial factor for maintaining
balance and quality. Constant cool winds blow inland from the sea.
They keep nighttime temperatures low and help maintain Pinot Grigio’s
naturally brisk acidity. The breeze also keeps fungus and pests in check.
The vines average between 15-25 years old, and are planted in soils
composed of clay, limestone and sand. Grapes are hand harvested at
night, then crushed and destemmed as soon as they arrive in the
winery. The must is transferred to temperature controlled stainless
steel tanks where select yeast is added. After two weeks of gentle
fermentation, the wine is filtered and kept in the tanks until bottling so
only the freshest wine is shipped to market.
ABOUT THE WINERY
Italico is produced by Bixio Produttori, which has been making wines in
the town of San Bonifacio (Soave) since the late 1800s. The winery has
been owned and operated by the Bixio family for four generations.
Today, Romina Bixio manages the company, and her efforts are focused
on producing crisp, traditionally-styled Pinot Grigios that balance
varietal character and delicious drinking. Her goal is to create a true
Italian wine experience at an easy price.
Light-bodied, crisp and dry with racy acidity framing soft flavors of
white peach, green apple and fresh citrus, followed by a bright, clean
Try with seafood and chicken, light pastas and fresh cheese