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FUSO21 is a project to search for and bottle the best of Italy’s daily drinkers – the wines you’d find in a memorable local trattoria or wine bar. They’re delicious and rustic and reflective of the soil and variety. Good with a slight chill too.

Many of us have traveled to Italy and come back nostalgic and thirsty for those delicious local regional wines that we drank there. The FUSO21 project connects growers in small towns throughout Italy to folks like us who want to drink real wines every day – not industrial, factory-made plonk. Here’s our chance to metaphysically rub elbows with the locals again and enjoy their authentic daily drinkers, or vini quotidiani.

Keeping true to vini quotidiani, we choose deliciousness over complexity and polish. These are wines to drink by themselves, or to sip away with some olives as an aperitivo while cooking. Of course, they are really happy on your dinner table too. What you don’t drink (white or red), throw in the fridge and bring out the next night.

All of the FUSO21 wines are made from native grape varieties that the locals drink (rather than varieties planted to appeal to an international audience) and are vinified in concrete or stainless steel tanks. We find that fermentation and aging in concrete often helps a wine’s grape variety and terroir shine through, rather than having these characteristics be masked by the vessel. The wines are lightly filtered or unfiltered, so don’t be bothered by any sediment. It’s another sign of these wines’ authenticity.

The 21 part reflects our desire to find and export authentic wine from each of Italy’s 21 regions*. We don’t know if we’ll find a wine in all 21 regions, but that’s the long-term goal!

FUSO21 Fuso Barbera Piemonte
FUSO21 Brusco Sangiovese Toscana
FUSO21 Le Salse Verdicchio di Matelica
FUSO21 Cardedu ‘Nùo’ Vermentino di Sardegna
FUSO21 Denny Bini Lambrusco dell’Emilia
FUSO21 Bouquetin Vallée d’Aoste Gamay

*As some of you more astute types have pointed out, there are only 20 regions in Italy. However, with the ongoing Italian political saga of threatened succession and division, we decided to choose a more lucky number and be ahead of Italy’s anarchic curve.