It's New Year, time for balance sheets and new lymph. Let's review with you the year 2021 which made us rediscover once again the proximity, the beauty of a simple life and in greater contact with nature. From this renewed awareness, the new Mackè labels were born for our wines and olive oils that you can find in the best shops in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, which through the animals of our woods restore the character of the land where we live. And always in the name of simplicity and hospitality, from spring to autumn, our Parovel Winery welcomed travelers and visitors at the foot of the Val Rosandra Nature Reserve, with pairings of Barde wines and Tergeste Dop Slow Food Presidium extra virgin olive oils. And also our Frantoio Oleario Parovel (oil mill) saw a bustle of children and adults once again, returning home with their own supplies of freshly squeezed new oil. In the last two years we have all rediscovered the importance of socializing, how nice it is to be able to uncork a generous bottle of wine with friends or to be able to cook for a nice table full fragrant and scented olive oil. Being able to taste and laugh together was even a goal for many of us, so looking back with a full heart, we wish you a peaceful time with tables full of local products, because the future lies in the spirit of community.
Happy New Year 2022
Extra virgin olive oil and health, the link is really very close and to make it known, Parovel is engaged in a new project to disseminate the beneficial properties of extra virgin olive oil: a path in collaboration with Natalia Rosso and Claudio Tiribelli of the Italian Liver Foundation and with Deborah Bonazza of ASUGI. In fact, a close correlation has been found between the use of extra virgin olive oil and liver health.
Deborah Bonazza, pathologist at ASUGI, studies liver pathologies with particular attention to liver metabolic diseases (steatosis and steatohepatitis) of the inhabitants of our Friuli Venezia Giulia region and explains to us that liver diseases are on the increase in our region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. These conditions are due to various factors, among these a decisive role is played by the incorrect lifestyle. To study the processes underlying the onset of these alterations, there has been close cooperation with the Italian Liver Foundation for years.
The collaboration with Claudio Tiribelli, scientific director and with Natalia Rosso, senior scientist of the Italian Liver Foundation, is therefore important which are involved in the research of mechanisms involved in chronic liver diseases. For years they have been particularly interested in the study of fatty liver and the impact that nutrition has in the progression / regression of the disease.
The multidisciplinary group of which Parovel is a part therefore goes to discover the properties and qualities of this importance with the aim of correlating the use of extra virgin olive oil with an individual's health condition. After all, Feuerbach argued that "we are what we eat" and we started from this statement to analyze the effects that extra virgin olive oil has on digestion, immunity and liver function.
During the year that is ending, the words friendship and hospitality have guided us. We have uncorked many bottles and welcomed old and new friends with lots of wine and extra virgin olive oil. And we want to thank you for the affection and enthusiasm with which you embraced our ideas.
The Summer initiative Open Parovel Wine Experiences has indeed promoted a new way to taste our wines and extra virgin olive oils in the relax of our winery in Bagnoli della Rosandra, among the vineyard rows or on the banks of the Rosandra river. The magic of these experiences confirmed our conviction to turn them into a fixed opening in mild seasons, from Spring to Autumn. And we had a feast also with the traditional Trieste Osmiza or with the running and cycling sports competitions that we supported and hosted, such as the Parovel Trophy and many others.
We uncorked bottles outside home too: we made our natives wines and olive oils known in Lombardy, Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Austria, Germany.. And where we did not arrive, our labels did, in Europe, USA, Russia, China and Taiwan.
And for this 2020 that now arrives, we are already setting the table for new tasty projects with which we will match our Barde and Mackè wines, Tergeste Dop extra virgin olive oils, a Slow Food Presidium.
It is therefore time to raise our glasses to the new that comes and to the encounters that have inspired, nourished and intrigued us.
Happy New Year of discoveries to you all!
The sure thing is that the year 2020 will be unforgettable! And like every year at the end of the year at Parovel we retrace the life of the last 12 months to put the most important events of the year that ends in the drawer of memory.
The first event we remember is linked to our continuous research and desire for innovation and is the new immage of Mackè wines inspired by the wild animals of our territory. Each wine is represented by an inhabitant of our woods so on the bottles, which you can buy in the best shops of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, you will find the fox paired with the red Refosco, the lynx with Cabernet, the hare with the white Malvasia, the squirrel with Vitovska, the bear with Terrano, the green woodpecker with Sauvignon, the hedgehog with Pinot Bianco and the deer with Merlot. With this new project, we also wanted to launch the new Macké Terroir line.
The Spring closure with the general lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic made us meet friends, wine lovers and customers in a different way with online tastings with friends from all over the world. The fact that people could not move much from home meant that we moved more with the intensification of our delivery service. Then Summer finally arrived with its wonderful opening days of the cellar with our thematic tastings, days that opened our hearts after so many months away from friends. Friends who gathered around us in an extraordinary embrace when in August we had to say goodbye to Zoran forever. We did it his way, with a party, sure that he too was there with us to celebrate life: his was jovial, courageous, tenacious and far-sighted and we continue in his well-traced path.
In fact, along this path 2020 has given us back wine and olive oil of good quality and quantity. Sun and Bora happily accompanied our days and we are satisfied with what we have put in the cellar to rest, after a successful olive oil season and which, year after year, gives us so much satisfaction.
Therefore we thank you: the purchases in the local area allows to create work and raise the fruits of your tarritory and you have been many to trust us. In addition to the affection of the territory, official awards have also arrived: our monovarietal of bianchera UL'KA has been included with excellent rating in the International Guide Flos Olei, in the national guide of Italian Oils of Slow Food, has been reconfirmed as a Slow Food Presidium and Der Feinschmecker Olio Awards sanctioned it as "one of the best olive oil 2020", one of the best 2020 extra virgin olive oils. And the wine was not far behind: in fact, we record the inclusion of the Barde Parovel line in the Good Wines of Italy guides, Slow Wine by Slow Food and Vini d'Italia by Gambero Rosso.
And then in the family this Fall we celebrated Martina, who began her specialization to also become a vine pruner, following in the footsteps of dad Euro. We like to put good energy into circulation and as the territory supports Parovel, we support the territory through the cultural, artistic and sporting associations that operate there and also this year we have made our contribution with pleasure. So let's close this long 2020 and look forward to 2021 with optimism, the pandemic has taught us a lot and therefore we have excellent intentions for the year to come. Happy New Year to everyone!
We cultivate the land to create products that respect our soul. We are happy when we meet your taste and we are even happier when critics and experts, who compare hundreds of extra-virgin oils, recognize the merit of our continuous search for quality. Here we are proud to have received the "Tre Foglie" Award (Three Leaves), the highest national recognition, from Gambero Rosso's OLI D'ITALIA 2019 Guide to our Bianchera UL'KA Tergeste PDO monocultivar Presidium Slow Food harvest 2018. For the oil production the year was not easy, in some areas of Italy it even suffered a halving, almost wiping out the work of farmers who had spilled blood on their field.
For those that are not familiar with the Gambero Rosso Oli d'Italia Guide, this is a manual born in 2011 “For consumers whom we wanted to provide a tool to get to know more about the realities and territories of excellence of oil in Italy. For chefs, cooks, hosts. For producers, to reward their work and give them an encouragement to proceed on the path of quality”.
And with emotion we can say that from today our monocultivar enters the gotha of Italian extra virgin olive oils.
Well done everyone, we share this goal with joy with the tireless Parovel team!