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Cantine Lizzano Apulia 1959 More Info

About Cantine Lizzano

Cantine Lizzano is the trading name of a co-operative of about 380 members, operating in the wine industry both at regional and national level.  They are based in Lizzano, a typical small town of approximately 7,000 inhabitants, about 25 Km from Taranto.  Viticulture has always had a central role in the life of the town, strongly influencing all economic activities and cultural exchanges.   Cantine Lizzano prides itself of following the local traditions by producing their wines in a traditional way, while being able to benefit from modern technologies.

Grifalco Basilicata 2002 More Info

About Grifalco

This is where it all began for us: from the wines produced by my sister Cecilia and her husband Fabrizio.  We started buying and selling their first wine, a beautiful Vino Nobile that, thanks to their skills, managed to win a tre-bicchieri award by the Gambero Rosso.  As life goes, they sold their successful business and looked south, to Basilicata, a remote and still relatively little-known region of Italy.  They acquired some land around the Mount Vulture, a volcano extinct for thousands of years, and within their vineyards they were lucky enough to find some old vines (some up to 50 years old).  The strong root system of these old plants can extract nutrients and minerals from the depths of the multi layered volcanic soil, through rocks, fossils, sand, lava and more sand.Piccin Family

The mineral content of the soil, alongside the hot days and cool nights typical of the harsh climate found at 450-550 meters above sea level, help these wines to retain a natural acidity and fresh aromatic fruits, producing a very elegant Aglianico.  Fabrizio’s skills in wine making are evident in these wines, where the  tannins, typical of the grape, are tamed and softened but still present in a very beautiful Aglianico del Vulture, as distinct and laid back as their producers.

Borgo Molino Veneto 1922 More Info

About Borgo Molino

The winery, founded in 1922, is located in Roncadelle, in the heart of the “Marca Trevigiana”, the area around Treviso nestling in the rolling hillsides of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.  Sergio Nardin has passed on his experience, his love of wine and wine-making to his sons Paolo, the oenologist who is in charge of production, and Pietro who coordinates business and marketing.  The wines offered by BORGO MOLINO Vineyards and Wines all originate in over 200 hectares of vineyards, owned in part by Borgo Molino and in part by wine growers carefully monitored by the winery agronomists and by Sergio himself, who personally follows the vineyard activity.

The soil composition and micro-climate of this hillside area, result in especially elegant sparkling wines and spumanti.  The modern wine cellar is equipped with state of the art wine producing, ageing and bottling technologies, employing an innovative system of vinification, the Ganymede method, that gently and selectively extracts the pomace while preserving it intact.  The exceptional wines that are thus produced are rich in colour, well structured, with varietal aromas that are complex, intense with a long finish.

Il Ponte - Societa' Agricola Il Ponte s.r.l Tuscany 1988 More Info

About Il Ponte - Societa' Agricola Il Ponte s.r.l

In the lush Tuscan countryside, bathed in sunlight and blessed by the closeness to the sea, in the area known as La Maremma, once known for its bandits but more importantly a fertile and flourishing land, Il Ponte Societa’ Agricola has always sought to follow the laws of nature and treat it with caring and expert hands.  Il Ponte is located in the Carige Alta district of Capalbio, an area with a typically Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters.  There is clay in the soil and no lime at an average altitude of 45 meters.

The estate features two main crops, wine grapes and olives, and it’s home to an orchard; there is also room for raising livestock.  The first vineyard planted, of about 2.5 hectares, produces Ansonica DOC.  More vineyards were added, with varieties such as Sangi0vese, Aleatico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Alicante.  All in the proportions and quantities set by the Capalbio DOC and Tuscan IGT regulations.

The vines are grown using the spurred cordon method, which in this area is the best way to enhance the aromas and flavours in the wines produced.  Special attention is paid to the quality of the grape cluster, which is tended with careful summer pruning, clipping and thinning, in order to achieve very low yields and improve the quality.  The grapes thus produced are processed in a modern cellar that allows fermentation under ideal conditions.

Commitment, extensive experience and attention to the cycles of nature and to the production of its fruits make this vineyard a real gem in the area that is so rich in history, beauty and flavours.

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Uggiano Tuscany 1980 More Info

About Uggiano

The Uggiano winery is tucked away in the Florentine hills among the monasteries, churches, rustic villas and olive orchards. The Pesa River valley is home to Uggiano after it relocated from its birthplace in the Sonnino Castle of Montespertoli. The vineyards spread over rolling hillsides at an altitude of 250 to 300 meters between the Tuscan villages of Montepertoli, San Casciano, and San Vincenzo a Torri. The vineyards are planted with 90 percent Sangiovese and the other 10 percent Canaiolo. The average yield of the vineyards is 5000 liters per hectare. The wines of Uggiano are controlled by a staff of oenologists directed by the winery’s owner, Mr. Giuseppe Losapio. Mr. Losapio has a long history of winemaking, beginning with his oenology degree from a prestigious French university, and continuing with more than 35 years making Italian wines. Mr. Losapio focuses on producing wines which possess a lower alcohol content in order to obtain a more fragrant and fruity bouquet. By creating a wine with an alcohol level of 12° rather than 13-14°, the consumer is also able to benefit by enjoying a product which is more agreeable and less intoxicating.

From the producer’s website.

Frank & Serafico Tuscany 2011 More Info

About Frank & Serafico

We have come across Frank & Serafico during  Bianca’s trip to Florence in Febrary 2013, for the Buy Wine event held at La Stazione Leopolda.  Here you can read something about this young and attractive winery,  in the words of Fabrizio (Frank) and Pier Paolo (Serafico):

We believe in our region, friendship and ambitions

Here we are after thirty years, having left everything behind. We have traced the origins, from the care of the vineyards to the choice of the wood to be used to mould our wines. We rely on the methods of the ancient times and on the matter of which things are made. We believe in small quantity as a mark of quality and in the accountability of a sustainable production. We believe we produce wines worth tasting.

Techniques

We take care of our wines throughout each step. Our method strictly traditional, hand-made, implies the fermentation occurring in timber for both white and red wines. Red wines ferment in barrels without lid. Owing to this technique the contact of wine with timber turns to be less invasive. Only at the end of the alcoholic fermentation the barrique is covered to allow the malolactic fermentation. Moreover, in the vinification of red wine daily fulling is carried out manually so as to distill aromas and structure. Bâtonnage is instead the technique used for white wines in order to restore in suspension the thin lees. This method grants the wine a greater complexity of aromas while making it more apt for ageing. Whilst we watch the first bottles ageing, the propitious weather makes us predict a late harvest of Vermentino.

Vineyards

Frank & Serafico have at their disposal grapes coming from different production areas of the Tuscan Maremma. With regard to the white grapes, these vineyards are inside the Maremma Nature Reserve and the countryside of Magliano in Toscana. The soil in these areas contains a high percentage of sand, which is ideal for giving aromas and freshness to the wine. The red grapes come from Morellino di Scansano and Montecucco areas. These are stoney soils and the grapes acquire splendid ageing qualities. Our goal is to express the best of the terroirs of the Maremma, carefully producing wine using grapes having different features and potentialities.

 

 

Fabio Motta Tuscany 2010 More Info

About Fabio Motta

In the words of the producer Fabio Motta, collaborator and son in law of Michele Satta, highly respected and well known producer of the Bolgheri region :

I work trying to respect totally the uniqueness of the vintage and the terroir, who are the real winemakers, and to follow a traditional agriculture. I’m focused on the balance between leaves and fruit and the water content in the soil that is extremely important in such a sunny, dry place. In the vineyard I work in a simple way, on small batches, which allows to be accurate, with natural yeasts and without filtering. In general I always try not to handle the wine too much, looking for elegance and complexity not power and concentration. […] The first wine of this young project is called PIEVI, from the name of the vineyard where it comes from. A classic but unconventional Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese where it is possible to find all the qualities of the real Bolgheri wine: full ripening, elegance in the tannins, minerality and drinkability. The main characteristic of my wine is the purity of the fruit and the freshness: it’s not heavy even if the ripening is full. […] Each variety is harvested at full ripening by hand in small baskets. It is fermented in wooden barrels of 33 hl size with natural yeasts only. The cap is pushed down by hand twice a day; in the first days of fermentation I often do delastages to let the must breathe. Normally the fermentation takes 2 weeks for each variety, after that the wine is blended and passes into 2 and 3 years old barriques, where the malolactic fermentation occurs naturally, and rests for 12 months. The wine is bottled without undergoing any filtration or fining. The bottle is closed with an extra quality natural cork from Sardinia.”

Donna Olga Tuscany N/A More Info

About Donna Olga

From the producer’s website:

“Only 5 km away from the ancient walls surrounding Montalcino, while travelling along the “Maremmana road” from the Senese province to the Maremma, you can see as far as the horizon, a wonderful sightseeing that outlines the south-west slope of the hill of Montalcino. Here is where Donna Olga vineyards lie “con il sole quasi sempre in faccia”, quoting a famous writer, claiming thereby their primacy over the territory. Vineyards are terraced, they slope down from a height of 400 to 270 mt above sea level, and this gap is a warrant of quality. Actually, grapes coming from the higher blocks present long lasting perfumes and a sizeable content of acidity that grants a long life to the wine; grapes from the lower blocks have a more marked concentration of tannins and polyphenols that give the wine a velvety and more full-bodied structure. From the processing of these grapes, 100% Sangiovese, we obtain Brunello Donna Olga, a wine that reveals a strong connection with the landscape, nature and Mother Earth”.

Cevico Emilia Romagna 1963 More Info

About Cevico

Cevico are the biggest company we deal with and they are big indeed. Fourth largest private winery in Italy but we like them and for some bizarre reason, (must be our smiles) they like us. They have a bewildering array of wines, which is actually testament to how good they are. They make wines that are specific to the regions where the vines are grown and they keep that typicity to the forefront as much as they can.

From Producer’s Website:

The CEVICO GROUP Consortium represents one of the most important business organizations of the wine-making companies in Italy.

The Cevico group was established in 1963.
It represents the Consortium of the cooperative companies.
The cooperative companies have been active in wine-growing for over 60 years.

The Gruppo Cevico Consortium works in further fields: agronomic, wine-making, laboratory researches and analysis.

A.Vinicola Valle Di L.Valle Friuli 2008 More Info

About A.Vinicola Valle Di L.Valle

In 2008, three friends started to put together their dreams, skills and ideas to create something brand new.

Paolo Valle, oldest son of the iconic oenologist Luigi Valle, runs one of the most important wineries of the region, and contribute to the project with his productive location and grapes coming from two vineyards which lie in the best DOC appellations areas in Friuli: vigneto di Papa Eufemio IV (nearby Livio Felluga’s property and to the abbey of Rosazzo), DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli; and vigneto di Ruttars, whose last vines lie two yards away from the former Italian-Slovenian border.

Alessandro Gallici, rising star of the local oenology, put together the blends; he travelled to the UK many and many times, and know exactly what people needs in terms of quality, consistency, price and aromatic profile. Nonetheless, one of the most important British retailer buyers asked him to prepare some of their wines, which lie consistently in the top 5 positions of any of their best selling charts.

Franco Canciani, teammate and friend of Alessandro and Paolo for 15 years, brought to the liaison his knowledge of fermentations with indigenous yeasts (which extract the best aromatic profile from the must) coming from his long lasting training in this area, and his 10+ years expertise in sales and marketing for primary Italian wineries in more than 40 different countries. He deals with Vinexus for ages, and he’s proud to be personal friend of Nick Bielak for ten years.

Three friends, three different points of view but only one target: bring to the tables the best quality at an unbeatable price. They meet in Paolo’s place, which is painted on the label of the Santelisa wines, facing the Abbey of Rosazzo, and created this line of wines. So far three varietals: Pinot Grigio IGT delle Venezie; Refosco IGT delle Venezie; Friulano DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli, but more yet to come…

Azienda Agricola Il Roncal Friuli 1986 More Info

About Azienda Agricola Il Roncal

When Roberto Zorzettig decided to renovate and improve our Montebello Vineyards situated in the very heart of the “Colli Orientali del Friuli” D.O.C. zone in 1986, his intention was to create a model estate where both technology and tradition could live together in harmony. This objective has guided us and continues to lead us today in the production of wines. For those like our family who have generations of viticulterers before them, respect for land and its cultivation comes naturally and is as important as our curiosity and desire to achieve ever better results. Il Roncal is a small holding of just 20 hectares of the highest quality, where every decision, both in the vineyard and in the cellar is carried out with love, great care and attention, because a great wine is for us something to be really proud of.

Terre dei Pallavicini Winery Latium 1990's More Info

About Terre dei Pallavicini Winery

The Pallavicini family has been present in the Latium territory since the second part of the 1600’s and weaves its own history with that of the region in the most diverse purviews, amongst which the running of agricultural properties and the winery near Rome.

The particular commitment to viticulture has taken on a new lease of life thanks to Maria Camilla Pallavicini, determined to follow a project very dear to her: to contribute to enhancing Latium wine-making, especially that of Frascati, involving her family domain as the natural scene for this scope.

The Principe Pallavicini winery represents the largest privately owned vineyard dedicated to production of Frascati,boasting 50 hectares of white Frascati DOC grapes out of the 80 hectare total of vines.

All the Principe Pallavicini vineyards are in privileged positions thanks to the typology of the land and the climate, with forms of cultivation that include traditional cazenave and rational spurred cordon and Guyot, less productive but more congenial to giving wine with a higher concentration.

After centuries of traditional cultivations, with the aim of adopting the best innovations in both the countryside and the cellar, the Principe Pallavicini vineyards, at the beginning of the nineties were amongst the first in Latium to be planted at high density. Later, between the end of the nineties and the beginning of the new millennium the following have been applied; grassing of the inter-rows, a double system of carefully thought out harvesting of the grapes to improve the organoleptic and analytic properties of the musts and leaf fertilization with micro-elements chosen after analysis of the leaves and stems in order to optimize the sugar content and the aromatic properties of the grapes.

Also for the past few years, in both of the vine-planted estates (the historical site at Colonna in the Castelli Romani and that of Cerveteri in Lower Maremma) the choice has been made to proceed with a production that has a low impact on the environment and to initiate processes respectful of man’s health, such as the firm’s participation in plans for rural development, in compliance with which a biological depurator has been built that uses activated sludges enabling the drainage of wastewater into surface tanks for reuse in successive processes. Still in line with the firm’s credo, 2 new experimentations have been launched: Wines have been produced since 2007 without any any added sulphites and since 2010 only biological products have been used for fermentation of the musts, with selection of autochthonous yeasts present in our own vineyards.

From the producer’s website

Cantina Custodi Umbria 2003 More Info

About Cantina Custodi

Company

Our estate is situated on the hills of Orvieto in “Canale”, a well known area  among the people of Orvieto because of its fertile land used in vine growing.  it covers a surfce of about 70 hectares carefully cultivated as olive groves, sowable land and vineyards.  Of the 37 hectares dedicated to the cultivation of vines at least half produces D.O.C. grapes used for the production of Orvieto Classico wine, the rest is used to produce Sangiovese and other non autochtonous vines such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabenet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which all derive from a cereful selection of clones.

Winery

In 2003 it was built on a natural terrace which faces the cliff and the Cathedral of Orvieto, from where we “borrowed” the cobbled stones and the beam structures for the roof, making a direct connection with the city.  Entering our sales point you will be met with antique furniture which acts as a background to a display of our products. Going up to the next floor, the large tasting room opens into two large terraces, one towards the external panorama of the area, the other shows the productive heart of the winery.  It is here that next to the computerised systems which supervise sophisticated enological equipment you will find Oak barrels for wine refining and men who process an antique product using modern methods, joining marvelous technology with tradition.

Producer’s Website

Begali Veneto 1940's More Info

About Begali

The Begali Estate is situated in the charming Valpolicella area, between Pedemonte and the hills of Castelrotto,near Verona and Garda lake.
Since the beginning of the 20th century the Begali family have passed on the tradition and love of the land and its work from father to son.
Our vineyards (10 hectares) are set among cherry orchards covering hills and slopes in a small hamlet called Cengia. This name comes from the name of the rocks dotted around on the facing hill. This is why the wines we produce are so rich in aromas and typical flavours of  the fertile land and reflect the harmony and the singular characteristics of this area. We are very determined and take great care in our wine making process, from the vineyard to the cellar. This promotes our on going efforts to improve quality while respecting tradition.

We use a blend of the most important grapes of Valpolicella: Corvina (and Corvinone), Rondinella and other autochthonous varieties.

Giordano, the father of the present owner at the winery began production towards the end of the Second World War.
The second-generation couple Lorenzo and his wife Adriana, sold the first bottle of Begali in 1986.
Now the tradition continues with the son and daughter of Lorenzo and Adriana, Giordano and Tiliana.

Borgo Molino Veneto 1922 More Info

About Borgo Molino

The winery, founded in 1922, is located in Roncadelle, in the heart of the “Marca Trevigiana”, the area around Treviso nestling in the rolling hillsides of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.  Sergio Nardin has passed on his experience, his love of wine and wine-making to his sons Paolo, the oenologist who is in charge of production, and Pietro who coordinates business and marketing.  The wines offered by BORGO MOLINO Vineyards and Wines all originate in over 200 hectares of vineyards, owned in part by Borgo Molino and in part by wine growers carefully monitored by the winery agronomists and by Sergio himself, who personally follows the vineyard activity.

The soil composition and micro-climate of this hillside area, result in especially elegant sparkling wines and spumanti.  The modern wine cellar is equipped with state of the art wine producing, ageing and bottling technologies, employing an innovative system of vinification, the Ganymede method, that gently and selectively extracts the pomace while preserving it intact.  The exceptional wines that are thus produced are rich in colour, well structured, with varietal aromas that are complex, intense with a long finish.

Azienda Agricola Vicentini Veneto 1970's More Info

About Azienda Agricola Vicentini

Lovely family winery just outside the Classico region and therefore a little more circumspect in their pricing. So as Anselmi and Pieropan have produced wines that have revitalised the reputation of Soave  they have also raised their prices as well as their game. Vicentini have gone about creating wines that have all the flavour and poise of their supposed superiors but have kept their prices to a reasonable scale.

When we first met them in Verona, during the Vinitaly event a few years ago; we were just passing and noticed a tiny sign mentioning their 3 glass award. So we had a sip of their delicious oak aged Soave Il Casale, and loved it.  We sat down, tried their unoaked entry level Soave and were fully taken. It was three months later and back at base that we learned that they also made a lovely fruity Valpolicella!

Tenuta Garetto Piedmont 1900's More Info

About Tenuta Garetto

From the producer’s website: “Our vineyard age varies from 60-70 years to 2 years old (new plantings). The area under vine is 80% Barbera vine variety, 20% Dolcetto, Grignolino and Chardonney vine varieties.
Vineyard density is about 4500 vines per hectare, espalier arranged according to Piedmontese vine traditional system, Guyot pruning. Great care is taken over vineyard cultivation in order to get Tenuta Garetto’s valuable wines, such as “Favà” and “In Pectore”. It takes much time in the vineyards, in order to have good phytosanitary conditions and to reduce the production of grape and allow proper concentration.
Nowadays, Tenuta Garetto farm is present on the global market with its 100.000 bottles and Alessandro Garetto’s goal is TO IMPROVE MORE AND MORE”.

Monchiero Carbone Piedmont 1987 More Info

About Monchiero Carbone

Two vineyards, two territories. Monbirone, with its hard and limy – almost chalky – soil, where just two drops of water are all it takes for the ground to become as slippery as soap; a vineyard that is as heavy to work and hard to mould as the Monchieros themselves, but is ideal for bestowing structure, power and grandeur on the barbera variety. And the light and dry, sandy soil of Tanon, which seems to have been specially designed to bring out all the fragrance and appeal of Arneis, and is as warm and friendly to work with as the Carbones.

The setting up of the Monchiero Carbone winery can be traced back to the many members of both families who earned their livelihood as vine-growers in the past. The Monchiero Carbone approach is quite different. They believe in keeping alive the local culture and history handed down to them through the generations, in seeking to raise awareness of the quality of small volume productions, in diversity, and in wines which are produced on single hillsides or even on single small plots of land, and are capable of stirring unique emotions.

BARBERA D’ALBA MONBIRONE 2010

WINS TRE BICCHIERI!

Source Gambero Rosso Guide 2013

This “THREE GLASSES” assumes the meaning of a lifetime achievement award,  because Monbirone gavestart to the history of Monchiero Carbone: it was the first vineyard to be purchased by the family in 1918,and the first wine to be bottled for commercialization since the harvest of 1960.

Simone Scaletta Piedmont 2002 More Info

About Simone Scaletta

From the Producer’s website: Simone Scaletta is a young winemaker who makes his own wine at Monforte d’Alba, one of the 11 Barolo towns. He grows in Località Manzoni five hectares of vineyards with a natural approach, in full respect of the earth and its fruits. Viglioni, Sarsera, Autin‘d Madama and Chirlet are his four vineyards which also give the name to his wines. Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo and Barolo are wines rich of personality and character, made by natural vinification, which follow several decantings at the right moment and a slow fining, without filtering, giving a balanced, authentic and natural evolution.

The beauty of Monforte hills, my passion for the wine, the heat of the land of Langa. The feeling I could live as long ago, following the vineyard rhythm, grew in me the desire and the will to recreate the vineyard just where it already was once. The research, respect, acceptance and land exploitation, with its delicate human and natural balance, drove me towards this choice and fully define the personality of my wines.

Today I work five hectares of vineyards. This size allows me to dedicate my attention and care to every single activity. The position, the climate, the land and the hard work give a unique expression to every single vineyard. The pruning, the meticulous selection of the grapes fully respect the rhythm of nature and are made with technical expertise in search of quality. 
The harvest, full of emotions and efforts, beautiful to share so much so that it becomes a big party, is the culmination of the care and work of a whole year and of the  good-will of the sky. It also starts the cellar works.  A natural racking off with decanting which are made at the right moment with even a slow refining, without filtration, allows an harmonious evolution of my wines.”
Simone Scaletta
Viticoltore in Manzoni di Monforte d’Alba – Italia

Alessandro di Camporeale Sicily 2000 More Info

About Alessandro di Camporeale

Nick’s notes: “The Alessandros from Camporeale. Small town in the hills above Palermo. Longstanding fields left to go to seed over the years till the brothers decided to make like a vigneron and get growing. They started in and around 2000 with Syrah plantings and have progressed to Nero d’Avola, Cataratto and Sauvignon Blanc, which we have yet to bring over. Sicily has the climate to produce fantastic fruit with no real worry over the weather. They are lucky too that regulations do not allow irrigation so we have great vines struggling hard against the heat, they just concentrate all that flavour into those lovely little berries. The Alessandros are a top team and the products they gently release onto the market are accepted within months as outstanding. They started with Kaid Syrah, and now even have an incredibly perfumed and unctuous sweet Syrah to finish off the range.”

From Producer’s Website:

The Winery
It is here that Natale and Benedetto make wine from the grapes of the estate.  Built in 2000 according to the most advanced technological specifications, the winery is comprised of several small steel tanks,  fermention tanks equipped with an automated temperature control system ideal for making red wine and a wine cellar for further refining and maturing wines. Barriques, tonneaux and oak large casks are used in the production of Syrah, as the wine first stays in the casks for about 10 months  and then in bottles for a further 6 months, always at a constant temperature of 18˚C.  Sauvignon Blanc remains in acacia and oak tonneaux for six months. Native wines, such as Catarratto, Grillo and Nero d’Avola, remain in steel tanks for 6 months, followed by another 2 months in bottles. Particular attention is given to maintaining a high level of hygiene and safety throughout the bottling phase, which is guaranteed by attentive care and modern machinery.

 

Cantina Alto Belice Sicily 1980's More Info

About Cantina Alto Belice

Tradition and innovation for a quality product

Tradition and innovationquality and passionare the prerogatives of the Cantina Sociale dell’Alto Belice, now thirty years in the synthesis of cultural achievements, economic and social systems throughout the Valle dello Jato. With its 700 members and its 160 thousand hectoliters of wine produced each year, the cooperative is, in fact, one of the most significant corporate Sicilian. 1600 hectares of vineyard, planted to Chardonnay, Inzolia, cataracts, Grillo, Nero d’Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, lie on the fertile hills between the river and the river Belice Jato: territories “suited” to the ever growing Vine and now included in the DOC Monreale. A network capable of filling three thousand pieces per pack, intended for restaurants, supermarkets and wine shops. The labels are produced Belice Del SoleBelicinoRobinia andBelnovello all IGT Sicily, as the line Tre Feudi, which takes its name from the ancient toponyms Mortilla, Giambascio and Muffoletto, was born on St. Cipirello. A wine tied to the land and the history of the area, as well as the new DOC Trerrè, inspired by William II “good” Frederick II of Swabia and Vittorio Emanuele II. Quality wines, as well as certify the Gold Medals and Much Additional obtained in Brussels and Verona.

Pasetti The Abruzzi 1980 More Info

About Pasetti

Nick’s notes: “So another Bianca Trading producer and of course it’s another superb family operation who’ve been doing the business for so many generations. And they live in the foothills of the Abruzzi and its all about provenance.  They’ve slowly found the vineyards in the foothills of the wild Gran Sasso are the best,valley of Trino and Pescara. They do care, about all they do. They have changed their labelling, it looks so super stylish now, but the wine also they have continued to improve. The Abruzzi has the climate and the grapes to hit the heights and it can do gorgeous medium priced gear”.

From the producer’s website: “Pasetti winery was born in Francavilla, in the Adriatic coast, but over the years it has extended its vineyards in the inland parts of Abruzzo, finding the ideal location in Pescosansonesco (550 m AMSL) at the foot of Gran Sasso and in Capestrano (450 m AMSL) also known as “Tirino Valley””.

“Pescosansonesco, is an ancient historical Roman and Norman military garrison at the foot of the Gran Sasso massif, at 500 m above sea level. It is one of the most interesting wine regions because of its peculiar climatic conditions, featuring wide thermal ranges, both during the day and during the year, clayey and calcareous soil and a rocky but crumbly subsoil.”

 

Donato Giangirolami Latium 1956 More Info

About Donato Giangirolami

Just as with Montecivoli we have begun to convert ourselves to bio dynamic ideas. Donato has taken over the estate founded by his father Dante in 1956 and today his two daughters Laura and Federica are also involved in the family-run business. Bio since 1993 and grown to 80 hectares,  38 of which are cultivated as vineyard and the rest as orchard (kiwi).

The wines are produced in three vineyards, two within Castelli Romani Doc area and one located in Cori Doc area, all registered in the I.G.T. vineyard registry of Lazio. Red grape vines are cultivated in Borgo Montello (Le Ferriere), where the company’s cellar is also located, while almost all white grape vines are cultivated in Doganella di Ninfa, in Cori DOC area.   Should you fancy a trip to the area, a visit to the beautiful and world renowned Garden of Ninfa is an absolute must.

The production capacity per hectare is reduced thanks to the lack of any kind of forcing method.
The cellar is equipped with modern technology. All the tanks are in stainless steel with exchanger to control the temperature, fermenters aso in stainless steel with Bosio or submerged-cap method.
The press gently extracts the must (0.7 atm), it features a vacuum system and with the aid of inert gas (nitrogen), the grape marc is never in contact with air.

Their logo represents a wind pump, which as Laura explained, was part of the landscape as she grew up on the farm.  An affordable and necessary solution to the irrigation need of an area that may reach 37+ degrees centigrade in the summer.

Dorigati Trentino 1858 More Info

About Dorigati

Azienda Vinicola F.lli Dorigati have been working for five generations in the suburb of Mezzocorona, a small village of Trentino, as winemakers and wine producers. In fact the creation of their firm dates back to 1858, and they have been passing on the passion for wine making and oenology for five generations, with a respect for the land and a love for the territory.

Tenute Orestiadi Sicily 1970 More Info

About Tenute Orestiadi

“Between the gentle hills that open onto the Belice Valley and fade off towards the sea of the ancient Selinunte extend the vineyards of Tenute Orestiadi. In these lands, marked by deep impressions, in the aftermath of an earthquake that completely obliterated lives, identity and places, we cultivate with care and attention the vineyards in the places that once belonged to our ancestors. Tenute Orestiadi is an ancient name that evokes distant myths and legends, that in fact amidst these lands found life thanks to Aeschylus, that more than twenty centuries ago wrote and brought to the stage the legend of ORESTES and of the ORESTIADI.

Molino a Vento wines:

In Sicily, the history of the mills and wine are inextricably linked by the wind and an essential element for the health and quality of the grapes. Its presence helps mitigate the hot summer temperatures thus contributing to the incredible variations in temperature, essential for the life cycle of the vineyards.

 

Tenuta dell'Ugolino The Marche 1980 More Info

About Tenuta dell'Ugolino

Andrea Petrini is a dynamic and creative young entrepreneur who has taken the family business and turned it into an award-winning winery. He named the vineyard after his grandfather, a strong and inspiring character who once worked the fields of wealthy landowners and kept what he could for others less fortunate than himself. It was Ugolino who, with his generosity and determination, inspired Andrea to manage the family business on his own. Now, with numerous awards to his credit for his fine Verdicchio, he is a successful winemaker and a credit to the memory of his beloved grandfather.

Tenuta dell’Ugolino is located in the Marche region in the town of Castelplanio, one of the most widely recognized areas for the production of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. The Denomination of Origin Controlled Guaranteed (DOCG) of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi (see map of Verdicchio) is reserved only for wines produced in the ancient zone of origin, which extends from the communities situated along the banks of the Esino River to the central hills facing the valleys of the Misa and Nevola Rivers. Owned by the Petrini family, the company was born in 1980 as a traditional agricultural business in the Marche region. Over the years, young Andrea’s passion for his land and the viticulture evolved winemaking into the principal activity of the farm. With a total of fourteen hectares planted in grape vines, Tenuta dell’Ugolino realizes a high-quality production through meticulous care of the vines and constant monitoring.

They spend particular attention on the vinification of the grapes in their cantina, using traditional methods of the winemaking industry. The result of this labor is two wonderful wines, of undisputed personality and character: the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC and the Verdicchio Classico Superiore DOCG Vigneto del Balluccio. Tenuta dell’Ugolino is open all year to visitors and for wine tastings, and welcomes groups on appointment.

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A. Bergère Champagne 1949 More Info

About A. Bergère

A small family estate that has been owned by the Bergeres for a number of generations now. Andre and his wife Brigitte having taken over the place in 1986, they’ve invested heavily in winemaking plant but also the plants themselves. Careful selection of vine stock, replanting and a little judicious purchasing of land has brought them to this fine position of being able to release their wines when they feel they are ready and not having to punt them out as soon as.

From the producer’s website:

Albert, André, Annaëlle and Adrien, the “A” of A. BERGERE Champagne, ensure the company’s bright future to the satisfaction of lovers of our fine wines.

A. BERGERE grapes are mostly grown in the Fèrebrianges, Etoges and Congy vineyards. Supplies of grapes from other famous villages and prestigious Champagne vineyards make up the rest of our production.
The rich flavours of three Champagne grape varieties are used in our production: Chardonnay (50 %), Pinot Noir (30 %) and Pinot Meunier (20 %).
Every bottle in our range reflects the pure essence of the vintage, in the best Champagne tradition. Whatever the year or vintage, quality remains our firm’s highest consideration.

In the past as at present, A. BERGERE Champagne has always remained true to its values of tradition, family independence, generosity and integrity.

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Bodegas Esteban Martin Cariñena 2003 More Info

About Bodegas Esteban Martin

From the producer’s website: ”Our winery combines the ancient tradition of D.O. Cariñena wines with the latest technology of today.  our own vineyards situated at the foot of the Iberian range, are influenced by a very special micro climate that provides the grapes with a special and distinctive character; at an altitude of 500 m above sea level and on dry stony fields.  A dry climate with extreme temperatures favored by Cierzo,a cold, dry wind”.

Bodegas Perica Rioja 1950's More Info

About Bodegas Perica

From the Producer’s website:

A winery with its own character

In our land nothing describes better than a nickname.  In someone’s nickname is where you find the strength, character and sense of identity of each family member.  That’s why our warehouse could not be called other than “Perica”: the nickname that David Garcia has worn with pride for years.  It defines a way to view life based on the effort, attention to detail and respect and love of the wine heritage of this land. These are the virtues that have driven our winery during the last half century to go from being a hold of a local to an international company.

The quality of our soil and the perfect acclimatization of different grape varieties are the reasons why the Rioja Alta is regarded as an indisputable international level for all great wines lovers.  Our vineyards, all located in this part of the province, provide a unique raw material with which to create our award winning wines.

Bodagas Antonio Arraez Valencia 1916 More Info

About Bodagas Antonio Arraez

Bodegas Arraez is a family winery with a long tradition. The winery was founded in 1916 and was acquired  by Antonio Arraez in 1950.  It is located in the town of Fuente de la Higuerar. There are 35 hectares of vineyards cultivated with indigenous grapes like Monastrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha Tintorera, Macabeo and Muscat and other international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Toni Arraez, the current winemaker, and third generation, is continuing to update and modernise the winery, one of the first in Valencia DO to bottle its wines and until 1985 the largest exporter of wines of the region.

the wines produced are extremely well made and reasonably priced.

Torrederos Bodegas y Viñedos Ribera Del Duero N/A More Info

About Torrederos Bodegas y Viñedos

Situated in the perfect place of Ribera del Duero area, Torrederos Winery owns more than 100 hectares of Tempranillo vineyard.

All the vineyard is situated in a maximum radius of 5 km from the Winery which facilitates the continue control and guarantee the maximum quality of our wines

The Winery equipment is based on the most modern technologies to improve the production process and obtain a concrete determined production volume.

Viña Cartin Rias Baixas 1977 More Info

About Viña Cartin

Rías Baixas is the most important Denomination of Origin (DO) in the Galicia region of north-western Spain. Much of its acclaim is credited to the white Albariño grape. The Albariño, by far the finest white grape variety, accounts for 90% of all plantings in the Rίas Baixas region. The quality of this wine cannot be disputed with its bracing acidity and the fleshiness of its peach/apricot character. It is a truly mineral-driven and structured wine.

A beautiful green area, Rίas Baixas contains lush land with deep, wide inlets of water encroaching many miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.

Rίas Baixas vineyards are all located within the province of Pontevedra in Galicia. There are 8,650 acres under vine with more than 6,500 growers and almost 20,000 individual vineyard plots ranging from 330 feet to 985 feet in altitude. The cool, damp climate is dominated by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean; however, there are varying micro-climates within the five different designated sub-zones of the region including Val do Salnés, Condado do Tea, O Rosal, Ribeira do Ulla and Soutomaior.

Terravinis Winery Castilla La Mancha N/A More Info

About Terravinis Winery

It is a group devoted to the production and commercialization of fine foods and wines, with a painstaking packaging and competitive prices.

Innovative foods with the best quality

We work day after day to be able to offer innovative solutions to our consumers, with the best quality and competitive prices.

We take pride in our excellent line of Barbacue and Brava Sauce, along with our balsamic vinegars, with eight different flavours.

They are the ideal and delicious complement to a bunch of Spanish dishes. The quality is unparalleled. We humbly believe that they are undoubtedly…¡¡the best ones on the market!! We only need to taste a pinch to realize it!

We are also aware of our clients’ needs and the quick changes on the market.  Our effort has been fruitful. The magazine Actualidad Económica has awarded our Sugarfree Balsamic Vinegar with the award to the 100 Best Ideas in the Food Industry…which is…¡¡the first and only one on the market!!

We love wine

We strive ourselves to craft wines that provide happy moments.

TERRAVINIS produces young varietals from verdejo, chardonnay, tempranillo, sauvignon blanc, and cabernet sauvignon in the province of Toledo (Castilla La Mancha).

The climate in this area may be considered as continental Mediterranean climate, thus, the temperatures are extreme. It is characterized by hot summers (average temperature above 26º) and cold winters (average temperature below 6º). Due to its extreme temperatures, the wine produced in this spot of La Mancha is…outstanding!!