Antonio Camillo, Vermentino 2021
Classic Vermentino, smells and tastes like summer by the sea. Salty, citrusy and lightly herbal. Someone told me this was too dry. It's Vermentino for fucks sake. There's restraint here, which is positive. I'm suspicious of a wine with too much overt fruit, they're definitely trying to hide something. Make some Vongole and you're on here.
Antonio Camillo produces wines full of life, vitality and character from this estate in Manciano, Tuscany. Cultivation is organic and vinification follows principals of minimal intervention - these are pure expressions of grape and land. Classic Vermentino, tingling with saline freshness and citrus fruit brightness. It’s a delicious summer drink.
Wine: ANTONIO CAMILLO Vermentino
Producer: Antonio Camillo
Region/Country: Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
Production Method: Natural and Organic viticulture
Style: Bright, salty and citrusy
Pairing Suggestion: Seafood dishes
Profile: At home on the coast, capable of producing lively, salty wines, often with a light sparkle owing to winemaking practices. Vermentino is also known as Pigato in Liguria, Favorita in Piedmont and Rolle in Southern France. The fruit profile tends toward lemon citrus, and the best wines have a light Mediterranean herbal edge to add complexity, and are incredibly moreish. The perfect foil to any coastal cuisine.
Classic Regions: Sardinia, Liguria, Piedmont, Tuscany (Italy), Southern Rhone, Languedoc (France), McLaren Vale, Riverland (Australia)
Antonio Camillo bought two vineyards totaling 5 hectares in the area between Sovana and Pitigliano on the border with Lazio. He is now up to 9 hectares and the vineyards are situated in various locations, for different soil and climate. They are only planted with varieties traditionally found in the Maremma: Vermentino, Trebbiano, Ansonica, Malvasia, Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Alicante. The wines are vegan.
From The Natty Boy
In a region globally known for the embrace of international varieties and Super Tuscan wines, Antonio Camillo chooses to tread a different path.
“I’ve been walking the vineyards of the Maremma for 15 years, and I’ve been making wines in some of the best wineries of the area. In the last nine years I contributed to the success of Poggio Argentiera, along with Gianpaolo Paglia and Justine Keeling. It has been a time where I grew professionally and where I developed the ambition of making some wines with my name and with my character. The area I’ve chosen is my homeland, where I was born and bred, the area of the “high” Maremma, near the villages of Manciano. It is a very Maremman area, but at the same time very different from the coastal area and even from the more inland Morellino di Scansano area. I strongly believe that in these locations we can make wines that can talk about their terroir and that can be easily recognizable for their character and their class, and I want to prove it”. Antonio Camillo