Voice Behind The VineEvery vineyard has its own unique story to tell. In our first ‘Voice Behind The Vine’ feature, we ask one of our favourite producers, De Forville from Italy for their views and insights into all things viticultural.

Interview with Paulo Anfosso

Q. How did you get into wine producing?

A. My brother Valter and I were born into it. We are the fifth generation of the family that started making wine in 1860. We received a beautiful legacy!

Q. What are the most enjoyable and hardest things about the job?

A. A lot of people think it is a lovely and easy job, but being a wine producer in not a simple thing. Bad weather conditions – like hail –can destroy in a few seconds the work of the year. On the opposite side you get a lot of satisfaction knowing people from the other side of the world ask for your products.


Q. What is your favourite grape variety?

A. Nebbiolo. It is the most difficult to make but also the most satisfying in the final results, giving the best expression of fine wines.

Q. What are you drinking at the moment? What foods does it go best with?

A. I taste wines from everywhere, but recently I have been drinking a lot of Dolcetto – a wine that goes with every meal from a simple panino al prosciutto to a pasta or dish of meat.

De Forville Family PortraitQ. What’s your top tip for selecting a great wine?

A. Being a winemaker I look to the quality-price ratio of the wine; you know not always the most expensive wine is the best.

Q. If you were told you could only drink one more glass of wine, ever, what would you choose?

A. Hard to answer, in this case I am partisan, I probably would choose a Barbaresco.


Q. What is the most you have ever paid for a bottle of wine?

A. Maybe 100 Euros for a bottle of Sassicaia.

Q. Finally, music to drink wine to?

A. Classical music for the fine wines. Pop music for the others!

Buy any 2 De Forville Wines – Save 20%

Dolcetto d’Alba 2008, De Forville
(£8.99 £8.69 or £6.95 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Here is the Dolcetto grape at its most expressive; the fragrant nose leading to a rich palate of liquorice and spice.

Langhe Nebbiolo 2008, De Forville
(£9.49 or £7.59 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Showing typical Nebbiolo tar-and-rosewater aromas, this offers olive and dark cherry fruit characters on the palate.

Barbera d’Alba ‘Villa de Forville’ 2007, De Forville
(£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Made from vines over 40 years old, this wine’s soft tannins and lively acidity are best enjoyed with meats and strong cheeses.

Barbera d’Asti 2007, De Forville
(£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

The nose reveals intense cherry aromas and hints of vanilla that follow through to the crisp yet smooth palate. A great red for antipasti.

Barbaresco 2006, De Forville
(£13.99 £13.74 or £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

A classic Piedmont red: deep garnet in colour; intense aromas of violets and baked cherries; and a full-flavoured, tannic structure.

* All prices valid until 29th October 2009

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