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Project FUSO21: regional, terroir-driven, daily drinkers, from farmers we know here in Italy – from their vineyards to your table. These are the wines you’ll find in a good trattoria when traveling in Italia made from the native varieties that the locals drink. FUSO21 wines are vinified in cement or steel, lightly or not filtered, and delicious.

The project connects growers in small towns throughout Italy to folks just like us who don’t want industrial plonk for daily drinkers.

Many of us have traveled to Italy and come back nostalgic – and thirsty – for those delicious local regional wines that we drank there. Here’s our chance to metaphysically rub elbows with the locals again. These are authentic daily drinkers, vini quotidiani — no tank farms or factory-made wines.

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.

We find that fermentation and aging in concrete lets a wine’s grape variety and terroir shine through (rather than having these characteristics be masked by the vessel). We’ve convinced more than one producer to switch from oak — and even steel — to concrete.  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.