Delicata Lifelong Learning

Delicata Lifelong Learning

Winemaker and head of viticulture, Matthew Delicata accompanied the winery’s viticulturist Jonathan Falzon and vineyard hand John Grima on their second visit to the ‘Italian School of Vine Pruning’ founded by long-time viticulturists Marco Simonit and Pierpaolo Sirch. This time they participated in master classes about green pruning whereas in December the lessons delivered by…

The Labour of Green Pruning

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal, Winery | No Comments

A few weeks ago, I traded my office desk briefly for a shaded spot between Malta’s wonderfully green rows of blossoming vines and witnessed with great respect hard-working local grape growers green prune their vineyard. Although not always fully appreciated by lay persons, green pruning is a very important vineyard operation and an essential job…

Wine and Vitello Tonnato Revisited

If you were to take a culinary snapshot of Malta, apart from wine, tuna and capers would be some of the most likely local ingredients centred in the crosshairs of your viewfinder. Prepared together with fresh veal, they would make for a vanguard Maltese surf-and-turf dish local fishermen and farmers, chefs and sommeliers, and all…

Gold and Bronze for Delicata’s Topflight White Wines

Gold and Bronze for Delicata’s Topflight White Wines

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Their passion and craftsmanship earned Delicata, Malta’s most-awarded family of winemakers, two prestigious medals at The 2017 Challenge International du Vin in Bordeaux, France, which is probably the longest running major international wine competition. Delicata’s Gran Cavalier Chardonnay won Gold whereas their Grand Vin de Hauteville Viognier earned a well-deserved Bronze. The two Delicata wines…

The Sweet Perfume of Wine to Come

The Sweet Perfume of Wine to Come

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

If there’s one scent as delightful as that of fine wine itself, it must be the delicate perfume of vines in bloom, a rarity offering respite from congested city life. Oddly enough, it’s a smell the vine plant doesn’t need to emit for any practical reason. Yet it’s potent enough to make anyone with a…