The popular rule of thumb is that it takes around ten thousand hours practice to attain mastery of a particular field. If you spend three hours a day at it, that works out to just over nine years of hard work. So what happens if you have multiple members of a family working hard, handing down learnings from generation to generation, honing their craft over more than two hundred years? You get a little something like north Italian masters of all things vinous, Tosti, that’s what.
Established in 1820 by the Bosca family, the Tosti story is more than just a familial one though. Seventh generation Giovanni Bosca currently helms things, but the Tosti range speaks also of the many people of Canelli. It was in Canelli, located within the greater region of Piedmont, that the Bosca family set down their roots. Here, amid the rolling hills recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage location for their beauty, they remain.
Tosti’s wines are produced here in Canelli from the family’s own extensive vineyards, and from a further five hundred other local families. This added contribution works out to just over one hectare farmed per family on average. No surprise then from these tiny parcels that all grapes are hand harvested.
From the Bosca family and their enormous network of Canelli farmers comes a Prosecco that has firmly established itself as a Glengarry staff and customer favourite. Little wonder, given its fresh, fruity and wonderfully balanced off-dry nature. Prosecco’s more lightly fizzy cousin, the Asti, in Tosti hands shows the lie of the idea that sweeter sparklers must be simple.
Fortunately also for the Negroni aficionados out there (and there do seem to be a lot of us out there), Tosti also produce some of the best vermouths to be found anywhere, whether that be as part of your favourite cocktail or more simply with soda, ice and a slice of orange.