Pasqua launch night-time range

  • Thursday 12 April 2001

An Englishman, an Australian and an Italian have joined forces to produce an innovative new wine – at night.

The Di Notte range from Veronese producers, F.lli Pasqua was premiered at one of the most dramatic launches at Vinitaly (April 2000), including a vibrant saxophone concerto in a Baroque palazzo in Verona.

Producer Carlo Pasqua was convinced by English wine buyer Mark Hughes that Australian winemaking techniques were the key to making a new range of wines for export. Hughes put Pasqua in touch with flying winemaker Emma Bilham, a joint venture was established with Hughes's employers PLB, and the Di Notte range was born - Soave Superiore DOC, Pinot Grigio IGT, Valpolicella DOC and Merlot IGT.

Di Notte ("At Night") derives from an innovative night-time harvest on Pasqua vineyards in September 1999. Pasqua explains, "we've learned a lot from Emma about the importance of temperature control at harvest time; it allows us to make traditional Veneto wines with a New World style - with more aromaticity and more fruit".

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