Senza Trucco : Italian Women Making Natural Wine

I recently attended a screening of Senza Trucco, a movie about woman making natural Italian wine.  The name Senza Trucco has a bit of a double meaning.  It translates to ‘without makeup‘ – which can apply to both the female wine producers themselves, who are mostly au natural in the film, but also to the wine they produce, since it’s all natural and organic.  No chemicals, no fiddling around with it.

The award-winning documentary by Giulia Graglia and Marco Fiumara, follows four women winemakers, who each produce wine from different regions in Italy, through all four seasons.  It was an up close and personal look at the wine-making process, their properties, their individual personalities and of course their undying passion for wine.

Since they each are so hands-on, their business of making wine is hard work.  Very hard work.  Their lives revolve around it. They all live, sleep, breathe and taste wine.

Think making wine is glamorous? Let these Italian women set you straight!  Of course, as a viewer, you can’t help but want to visit these wineries, which are scattered among the Italian countryside, and sample the fruits of their labor.

You can watch the trailer here:

The women winemakers featured, in order from North to South were:

  • Elisabetta Foradori, from the Trentino-Alto Adige.  She talks about making Teroldego.  She has a unique way of wrapping her grapevines and using old terracotta pots to ferment the wine which I found fascinating. The vineyard featured was set against a backdrop of the Dolomites- stunning doesn’t begin to cover it.  You can also learn more about her in this recent La Cucina Italiana magazine write-up. 
  •  Nicoletta Bocca, from San Fereolo in the Piedmont region.  She is featured making Dolcetto di Dogliani.  She came from Milan and didn’t know much about wine but set out to learn from her neighbors. Many of her vineyards were purchased from said neighbors when they grew elderly and could no longer tend them.
  • Dora Forsoni, from Tuscany.  Her winery, Poderi Sanguineto I & II, makes Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano.  Dora was a hoot and one tough cookie.  She told a story of a run in with a wild boar and has many scenes butchering things.
  • Arianna Occhipinti, from Ragusa Sicily, is the youngest and most energetic of the bunch.  Some of her vines were also uniquely trellised, growing up and around in a circular motion.
Senza Trucco - Natural Wines by Four Italian Women

Wines Tasted at Senza Trucco

Thanks to the organizer, Gianni Lovato, we were treated to a wine tasting from each of the four producers and I was thoroughly impressed with them all.  Years ago organic wines tasted like dirt. Frankly, crap.  But this genre of wine has come a long way.

If you get the opportunity to see the film, I highly recommend it.  I would also suggest you try any of the wines from these producers.


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    January 3rd, 2013

    Dear Robin,

    I really enjoyed learning about this new film and I’m equally fascinated with Italian wine and “L’Ambiente del Vino.” You always have such nice posts and I greatly enjoy reading your blog.


    Cheers to you Jenifer and thank you so much for the kind words. I appreciate you popping by to chat! If you get the chance to see the film and/or taste any of the wines from these hard-working ladies…please come back to tell me your thoughts ;)
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    Jeff Titelius
    January 3rd, 2013

    Fascinating, truly fascinating. I would love to see this. What an interesting group of women who share the same passion for great wine. I wish I was there in that scene when the wine was pouring out and she sampled and sampled it! Wow! Must have been an insightful event!

    Insightful and tasty indeed Jeff ;) Thanks for the comment my friend!
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    Tiana Kai
    January 7th, 2013

    This is more than cool! I would love to watch this.

    I think you’d enjoy it Tiana Kai.

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    Sarah May (@AntiquaTours)
    January 8th, 2013

    This film is so great. I show it to my wine students every semester because it gives them a better idea about natural wine in Italy and love that it is all women.

    Glad you’ve had the opportunity to see it Sarah May

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