Libiamo was born in 2014 under the
collaboration between Italian and British partners sharing a passion for the
Italian food, wines and lifestyle. It aims at establishing a community of Italian
wine and food enthusiasts in the United Kingdom, taking inspiration from the
famous toast in Giuseppe Verdi's renowned opera La Traviata: "Libiamo nei
lieti calici!" ("Let's drink from the joyful cups").
Libiamo is more than a store: the club proposes a new approach to the Italian wine and food tradition by telling the cheerful stories behind the wines and their producers, suggesting the best food and recipes to pair the wines with, promoting tours through the most suggestive Italian vineyards and by organising the most innovative wine tastings, as it recently happened at the Institute of Directors and the Royal Geographical Society in London. Most of all, Libiamo is a gastronomic philosophy, an innovative approach to wine enjoyment with friends, a journey into the history of Italian wine-making and, moreover, a chance to visit Italy and its amazing landscapes at affordable prices.
Help in finding authentic Italian wines is now at hand: not many people will have tried Fumin, a relatively rare red grape that really thrives in the mountainous region of Valle D'Aosta, made by a small family run winery up in the Alps; or Castellari Bergaglio Ardé Gavi, a delicious sparkler from Piedmont, in north-west Italy: "an ideal companion for oysters, scallops or any crustacean", as defined by Terry Kirby on The Independent; or the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi by Zannotti, a white wine from the Marche region that has received important awards in recent years. This is just to mention a few of the surprises available on Libiamo…you should also try the special Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore by Casabianca, the organic white Carjcanti by the Gulfi winery in Sicily, the Ciliegiolo from Tuscany with its cherry flavor ("ciliegia" in Italian) and the Malvasia bianca "Giancola" by Tenute Rubino in the region of Apulia, among others.
Enjoy the greatest Italian wines on Libiamo!