The latest installment of the ongoing Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project.
One of the greatest lacunae of the Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project has been the appellation name Rufina, pronounced ROO-fee-nah, with stress on the first syllable.
It’s a tough one for non-Italophones in part because they are accustomed to the stress falling the penultimate (as opposed to antepenultimate) syllable of most Italian words.
But it’s also challenging because many confuse it with the Chianti Classico producer Ruffino (roof-FEE-noh).
While there are a handful of Chianti Classico producers that I follow and collect, I believe that the greatest Chianti comes from the village of Rufina, where higher altitudes make for greater acidity and freshness in the wines. If you ever get a chance to visit the village, you’ll see how your ears pop as you drive up the winding road that leads to its center.
At this year’s Vinitaly, I asked Federico Giuntini A. Masseti, a Rufina native and managing director at one of my all-time favorite producers, Selvapiana, to pronounce Rufina for my camera.
Check out this excellent profile of the winery from the Dalla Terra website.
And please click here to view my thread of posts devoted to this special winery, one of Italy’s gifts to the world.