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Torcolato memories

Smell is such a peculiar sense, fine and yet powerful. We cannot bring scents back to memory; still, we happen sometimes to catch a particular fragrance and be thrown back into the past, to the very moment when we first perceived it. Smell awakens long lost memories.

The scent of Torcolato always has this effect on me: it takes me back on board our Citroen DS, with my father driving through the hills of Breganze, to Innocente Dalla Valle's Winery. I can still see my-self sitting down at the huge table as I touch the oven dried panbiscotto bread, crispy and crumbly, and the Vicenza sopressasalami, compact but soft. I look at my father and Innocente as they reach an agreement over marc price.

A lady pours three glasses of Torcolato from the cask and hands one over to me: it is the colour of Aunt Mary's chest-nut honey; the world's flavours seem to be held in that glass.

Have a sip! says Innocente; not knowing if I can, I look at my father, who says nothing: silence is assent.

The descent to Schiavon was accompanied by that sweet, intense, penetrating flavour, and by the revelation of a secret: Torcolato is made by twining (torcolando) the grape bunches together and leaving them to hang from the ceiling like precious stone necklaces. This wine has the power to entwine the souls of people who drink it together:
choose your drinking partners carefully.

Jacopo Poli

The Torcolato

Torcolato is a dessert wine produced in the Breganze DOC area, on the hills stretching from Thiene to Bassano del Grappa (in the province of Vicenza). It is made with Vespaiola, Garga-nega and Tocai grapes left to dry from harvest time until December.

The name comes from the peculiar grape drying technique: the bunches are tied together with a string, twisted (in the local dialect “torcolato”) so as to make long plaits, then left to hang from loft beams.

As they dry, water evaporates from the grapes, favouring the growth of Botrytis Cinerea (“noble rot”), which enhances sugar concentration and helps create scents and aromas of high organoleptic value.

In December the grapes are pressed: 100 kg. grapes yield just 25 litres of very sweet must, to be put into oak casks after fermentation. It will turn into a gold yellow wine, with an intense aroma of honey, ripe fruit, raisins, figs and dry apricots.

The Grappa Poli Torchio d'Oro matures in the same oak barriques where the wine was previously kept, holding its memories.

You have the pleasure to free them.


Torcolato barrel finished Grappa

Torchio d'Oro

Single-vintage Grappa,
aged for 3 years in Torcolato barrels

Poli Grappa Torchio d'Oro depicts on the label a ‘rossolo’ (a braid of bunches of grape let to dry) to represent the only nine wineries that produce Torcolato di Breganze wine and that all decided to give their Torcolato marc exclusively to the Poli Distillerie.

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Raw material: marc obtained from Vespaiolo raisins for Torcolato wine
Distillation: distilled with an ancient pot still
composed of copper
Aroma: fruity and complex with a note of wood
Taste: fruity, full, smooth, persistent, distinct 
% Alc - Content: 40% Alc./Vol - 500 ml
Service: at temperature of 18/20 °C - 65/68 °F in a tulip-shaped glass

Torchio d'Oro - Grappa Jacopo Poli with wooden case

Poli Museum