Italy

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Etruscan and Greek settlers produced wine in the country long before Romans started to develop their own vineyards in the second century BC. Roman grape-growing and wine making was prolific and well organized, pioneering large-scale production and storage techniques like barrel-making and bottling. Wine is part of the culture in Italy, every small village and little hamlet produce a local wine to be drunk with their meals. Italy itself has the overall richest variety of grapes and wine styles of any country. This is hardly a surprise; the country has a diverse set of climates and landscapes that just beg for vine growing. Wine-making in Italy has evolved greatly in the past 30 years; most wineries are more modern in style, boasting stainless steel fermenters, pneumatic grape presses, and other contemporary technology to help with the winemaking. Yet Italy is still stubbornly traditional, winemakers will still stomp grapes by foot and adhere to making the wine in the same style that their great grandfather did years before.

Umbria

Famous for the villages of Orvieto, Torgiano, and Montefalco, Umbria built a reputation for high quality olive oil, however renown is growing recently for the wines produced here. In the centre of Umbria is the town of Montefalco, here the native Sagrantino grape is cultivated. These dense dark reds are grown on clay soils and ripen well in the intense summer weather. These conditions produce a brambly red wine with a velvet texture and a hint of blackberry jam.

Sicily

This island off the "toe" of Italy is home to the towering volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna. Sicily is home for many young winemakers who take advantage of the hot sun and mountainous landscape to craft larger more opulent wines. As well as the indigenous white grapes Cataratto and Grenacito, the region makes excellent full bodied Chardonnay. The red wines of this region focus on Cannonau (Grenache), Nero d'Avola, and Frappato (another of the Marsala grapes). These red wines, as with the whites, lean to the plumper style of winemaking.

Puglia

Puglia is the "heel" or Achilles tendon of the Italian boot. With a long coastline and delightfully hot weather, this region is perfect for growing rich red wines with generous fruit and alcohol. The main red grapes of the region are Uva di Troia, Negroamaro and Primitivo. Primitivo shares the same DNA as Zinfandel and has a lot of the same qualities, producing wines which are fruit forward and big bodied. Thanks to recent government schemes to limit production the overall quality of wine has risen, innovative young winemakers are leading the way with different blends of indigenous grapes and "international" varieties.

Piedmont

In Northwest Italy lies the Piedmont region (Piemonte in Italian.), most famous for the production of Barolo and Barbaresco, the long lived wines from the Nebbiolo grape. The Langhe and Monferrato hills here provide excellent growing conditions for creating the balance of delicate floral notes and tannic structure found in these wines. The grape is named after the fog, or "Nebbia", which shrouds the vineyards in a white veil just before harvest. The wines themselves are intrinsically linked with the food of the region, often having notes of the indigenous white truffles the region is famous for. Recently an upsurge of interest in some of the other local varieties such as Barbera and Dolcetto has taken the U.S. market by storm. Softer than their Barolo and Barbaresco counterparts, and providing more succulent fruit, these wines are priced to be an easier drinking choice with any simple meal.

Marche

The Apennines mountain range runs the length of this region and dominates the landscape of the interior. Towards the east is the Adriatic Sea and over one hundred miles of coastline. The Maritime influences dictate the weather here and provide perfect weather for whites in the North, and a warmer clime for plump reds in the South. The main grape for the whites is Verdicchio. Verdicchio grows well around the towns of Jesi and Matelico producing balanced wines with soft herbal notes, flavors of Bosc pear and tart yellow apple. The red wines from the towns of Piceno and Conero are based on the Montepulciano grape. The style leans towards that of a red wine from Chianti, but with a softer more supple feel.

Liguria

South of Piedmont, commanding glorious beach-front views is Liguria. Famous for the tourist areas of Dolceacqua, Cinque Terre, and of course the olive groves which are planted throughout the region. The mountainous countryside and sea breezes allow the production of light aromatic wines from the Vermentino and Pigato Bianco grapes. These wine make excellent matches with the local food; calamari and white fish are great meals when paired with these wines.

Friuli

In the Northeast corner of Italy, sandwiched between the borders of Slovenia, Austria, and the Veneto region, lies Friuli. With cold air from the Alps in the North and a more moderate influence from the Adriatic in the South, Friuli has a long cool growing climate particularly suited for producing crisp white wine. Here Pinot Grigio, Friulano, and Malvasia produce lean, yet aromatic whites which pair well with food. The ancient red variety Refosco produces notable reds here; and the gravel soils reminiscent of Bordeaux have produced great success with Merlot since its introduction in the late 1800's. On a warm day in Friuli the local wine is paired with sauerkraut, prosciutto, veal shanks, and pasta.

Campania

Campania is a beautiful region visited by many tourists from Italy and abroad. The climate is split between the coastal areas and the inland reaches. By the coast the weather is sunny, Mediterranean and excellent for ripening full fruit forward grapes. Inland the weather is more comparable to the climate of Piedmont, and is better for ripening grapes with higher acidity and tarter fruit flavors. The popular white grapes of the region are Greco di Tufo and Falanghina. Greco di Tufo creates mild mannered wines with subtle aromatics, whereas wines from Falanghina have more zip and freshness to them. The main red grape of the region is Aglianico, a feisty red grape producing concentrated wine with excellent structure and tannins.

Abruzzo

The Abruzzo is located halfway down the Italian peninsula, east of Rome, bounded by the Adriatic to the east, Molise to the south, and the Marche to the north. Bucolic and devoted almost entirely to agriculture, this is a hardscrabble land, much like the neighboring provinces, where historically it has been difficult to eke out a living.  Rolling hills abound, covered with trellises hanging heavy with Montepulciano, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, and Pecorino grapes.  These are soft, sun-filled, easy-drinking whites and reds, destined to pair with grilled seafood and red sauces.  While most domaines in this zone produce quantity over quality, Vinum's partners are focused on delivering great wines at affordable prices.

Veneto

The Veneto in the Northeast of Italy produces wines of all styles. Far to the east and just North of Venice are the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, the finest Prosecco is produced here, a delicious alternative to Champagne. The wine is known for its softer apple dominated nose and easy drinking style. On the Western boundary of the Veneto is Lake Garda which helps to moderate the growing climate in the nearby Valpolicella region. Here the Corvina and Rondinella grapes are grown, the best of which are put through the "appassimento" process. This process is used to make Amarone by drying the grapes and concentrating the grape sugars, thus creating a larger bodied wine with notes of fig and chocolate. Further south and east is the up and coming region of Colli Euganei. The volcanic hills here are perfect for the growing of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tuscany

For over 3,000 years, since the days of the ancient Etruscans, wine making has been a part of the Tuscan civilization. Located just above the "kneecap" of Italy, the Sangiovese grape is the heart and soul of this region. The reputation of this region was smirched in the '70s and early '80s with a glut of over-cropped, thin, insipid Chianti. Modern technological advances and changes to the wine laws have brought the prestige back to this region. Chianti Classico is once again considered to be a top wine on the world stage. These advances and the wine law changes have also benefited the growth of more international style wines: Dubbed "Super-Tuscans" in the 1970s and 1980s, they were some of the highest priced and best wines produced in Italy. They were made outside of the wine laws of the time; mixing in Cabernet Sauvignon with the Sangiovese, using only Bordeaux grape varieties, or aging in French oak barriques, producers created wines which were richer and more structured than Chianti could produce at the time. These modern practices and non-traditional blends continue today under the auspice of the IGT labeling system. Within the Chianti region is the town of Montalcino, famous for the long-lived Brunello di Montalcino wine. This wine is a muscular wine created from Sangiovese and given extended oak aging in barrels to help temper its deep tannic nature.

Italy Wine Producers

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AbruzzoContesaContesa is located in Abruzzo, 20 km from Pescara, on the sunny hills of Collecorvino. Local varieties such as Montepulciano, Trebbiano, and Pecorino are cultivated here. Winemaker Rocco Pasetti crafts wines with a focus on preserving the natural characteristics of the grapes. For more info, please visit their website:
Azienda Agricola Contesa
CampaniaCantina FarroCantina Farro was established by winemaker Michele Farro's grandfather in 1926. The winery has always been a family operation, and the Farro family's dedication to low yields, artisanal winemaking and Italy's native varietals is exceptional even for Italy. Here vines share land with Roman ruins, growing as they did when their original owners crafted wines for ancient emperors.
The region's native grape varietals, Falanghina and Piedirosso, were probably originally planted by Greek hands over 2000 years ago. The winery and vineyards are on a short peninsula to the west of Naples called Campi Flegrei.
Just like Vesuvius to the southeast, Campi Flegrei is an active volcanic region that has over the centuries both ravaged the land with eruptions and blessed it with the resulting fertile, volcanic soils. Some of the vineyards are at more than 1,800 feet above sea level and are subject to the two winds which blow in here: the "tramontane" howls down from the snow-capped Apennine Mountains and the warm "sirocco" from the desert sands of northern Africa. These winds help to ripen the grapes over a longer period of time and add complexity to the wine.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
CampaniaQuintaleQuintale is found in the lesser-known town of Teverola, close to Aversa and northeast of Naples in southern Italy. The estate maintains some of the finest vineyards in Campania, utilizing Campania's volcanic soils to great effect. White wines are especially fresh and vibrant, and ideal for regional seafood dishes. The reds are rich and complex, chock-full of spice and echo the raw passion of the terrain.
Aglianico is a rustic, robust red grape that is considered to be the Nebbiolo of the south when grown on volcanic soils.
Asprinio is a delicate white grape with impressive acidity and freshness.
Casavecchia is a red grape with good body and structure. It is similar to Aglianico, but slightly lighter in weight and texture.
Greco di Tufo is a white grape with light floral notes and hints of stone fruit on the palate.
Falanghina is another native white grape with citrus and wildflower tones.
Pallagrello Nero is a red grape with a lush body of plums and blueberries and a soft mouth feel.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
FriuliAlbericeAlberice is located near Corno di Rosazzo, not far from the Slovenian border in the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC. The soils here are a unique mix called "ponca", a blend of volcanic soils and glacial debris that is incredibly mineral, giving Alberice wines (especially the whites) a pronounced, nervy edge. Winemaker Francesco Carpene uses no wood, and no heavy-handed winemaking, the wines are fermented and aged exclusively in stainless steel, to preserve both the freshness of fruit and the mineral character of the land. The cooling winds from the Alps, and the moderate sea influence from the Gulf of Trieste keeps the region cool. This special combination means grapes at Alberice are harvested a good week or two later than surrounding regions, resulting in more concentration and better balance in each bottle.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
LiguriaDurinDurin is a family farm and winery located in Ortovero in western Liguria. The region has a long history of winemaking, yet much of its production stays in the area for the consumption of locals and the tourists at the nearby picturesque town of Cinque Terre. Ligurian viticulture is best known for its terrain, terraced vineyards are dug into precipitous hillsides, much akin to Côte Rôtie in France. Winemaker Antonio Basso cares for more than 40 acres of vines in this rugged earth. Vines here are naturally low yielding, and grapes as a result are rich, ripe and infused with the character of the land.
Durin produces single-varietal wines, as to best showcase the history and purity of its native grapes. The "prince" of Ligurian wines is Pigato, a white grape native to the region and cultivated for more than 100 years on these rocky slopes. Originally from Greece, Pigato is believed to have been introduced to Liguria around the 1600s, and is a distant cousin of Vermentino. Intensely perfumed, medium-bodied and very fresh, Pigato is an obvious pairing with Ligurian seafood dishes.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.durin.it
PiedmontDestefanisMarco Destefanis is one of the many up and coming young winemakers of Piedmont. This winemaker uses nothing but vines twice his own age, which produce rare fruit with incredible concentration. Dolcetto should be pure pleasure to drink. At its best, it can be thought of as Italy's answer to Zinfandel: gutsy, irresistible wine with a freshness and balance Zin can't touch. Destefanis's Dolcetto is in another league; rich, seductive, and totally enjoyable, but entirely serious too.
Giuseppe Destefanis founded the Piedmont estate in the 1950s, with the first vineyards planted in the 1960s. In 1985, Giuseppe's grandson, Marco Destefanis, breathed fresh life into the property by replanting vineyards, updating cellar technology and focusing the estate on traditional regional varietals, Barbera and Dolcetto.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
PiedmontRonchiGiancarlo Rocca named his winery "Ronchi" because it is located in the middle of one of the most famous crus of Barbaresco called "Ronchi", right next to Montestefano. Ronchi means hillsides; Rocca means rock. Those names work nicely together to describe the essence of this winery. Steep hillsides, ideally located, full of stones: an Eden for Nebbiolo grapes. Rocca crafts a Barbaresco from Nebbiolo grapes grown in the famous "Ronchi" vineyard, which is traditionally fermented and aged in older botte, or larger older oak barrels.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
PugliaTorre QuartoTorre Quarto is owned by the Farussi family who have made wine here for generations.
More than a hundred years ago, the estate sold grapes to Bordeaux winemakers, as did many southern Italian winemakers with large crops and dense, concentrated grapes.
Stefano Cirillo Farrusi, the youngest grandson of the original owner, stepped in to rescue Torre Quarto from over production and anonymity. He hired enologist Cristoforo Pastore to help isolate the estate's most suitable vines and focus overall on the best local, and unusual grape varietals.
These include the fruity and juicy red Uva di Troia, and the powerful Primitivo, the alleged grandmother of Zinfandel.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
SicilyPietradolceEtna's ancient vines Nerello Mascalese are grown on the jet-black volcanic slopes of the region. This little black grape from the town of Mascali, on the coast has for over a century been cultivated on the large island of Sicily. Practically every family on the mountain had a handful of gnarled vines; homemade wine was enjoyed with family alongside local meat and produce. After World War II, however, these precious vineyards were abandoned in droves. It wasn't until the early 1990s when Italy's young winemakers rediscovered these vines.
Winemaker Michele Faro makes wine from the estate's modest seven acres of vineyards located at more than 2,000 feet above sea level. The "Archineri" Etna Rosso is a 100% Nerello Mascalese wine, harvested by hand and then fermented in tank, and then aged in a mix of new and older large barrels.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
TuscanyBuonamicoThe Buonamico estate is located southwest of Montecarlo, in the Cercatoia area, and covers an area of 38 hectares, 26 of which are dedicated to specialized vineyards.
The winery was founded by renowned restaurateurs from Turin in the early 1960s with the purpose of furnishing their restaurants with wines from Montecarlo. Today, the Estate, which is owned by the Fontana family, has expanded in terms of both vineyard land and wine cellar space. While preserving the essential characteristics of ancient winemaking flavours, the “Buonamico” winery has now become one of Montecarlo’s leading producers of fine wines.

Check out Buonamico's Web site here.
TuscanyCordellaLocated between Montalcino and Torrenieri, in the northeast corner of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, the Cordella estate is a modest one, with just under 15 acres of vineyards.
Maddalena Cordella is the winemaker and steward of her family's estate in Montalcino.
Until 1998 the family would sell all of it's grapes to other producers in the region. Maddalena assumed partial control of the estate from her father, and made the decision to start bottling their own wines. Winemaking at Cordella is mostly hands-off, with slow, temperature controlled fermentations and long aging in a mix of old and new Slavonian casks, as per Brunello tradition.
The wines show elegance and refinement rather than the more modern style of extraction and alcohol which dominate other producer's wines. The soils are a mix of clay and sand, and the vineyards sit on a slope at more than 1,000 feet in altitude. The wines are fermented in a modest cottage on the estate, and aged in a renovated farmhouse.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.cordellavini.it
TuscanyCastello della PanerettaCastello della Paneretta sits in the heart of the Val d'Elsa in the Chianti Classico zone, just north of Poggibonsi, the estate itself has been making wine since 1596. Current owner Fabio Albisetti decided to preserve the estate's historic vines of Sangiovese and Canaiolo and replanted using only the original rootstock.
The hills here are made up of a witches' brew of soils and geologic influences, each vineyard is a unique blend of limestone and clay with iron rich sprinkles. A fact used by their famous neighbors Monsanto and Isola e Olena to craft their exceptional wines as well.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
TuscanyFattoria ParadisoSuperstar enologist Paolo Caciorgna is the winemaker at Fattoria Paradiso and is a leading example of how great local San Gimignano white wines can be. Vernaccia is a local white grape varietal that is bottled as Vernaccia di San Gimignano; much of the wine is of an average quality that is sold on name alone. Caciorgna is fighting this with a Vernaccia that is refreshing and strikingly aromatic, aged in entirely stainless steel. Wines are all produced from rigorously controlled yields, with less than 30-35 hectoliters per hectare, and produce a wine with complexity and balance.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
TuscanyViottoloThe Capalle Winery is a 500-acre, family-owned estate producing the Viottolo labeled wines. All of the Viottolo wines are made using estate grown grapes grown mostly in the Chianti region. The Chianti Classico wines take advantage of a recent change in the DOCG laws, and add a little Cabernet Sauvignon to the Sangiovese. This adds a bit of dark fruit and smooth tannins to the wine, ultimately creating a richer wine. The IGT wines are produced in a slightly more modern style using French oak Barriques for aging and a pre-fermentation skin soak to help extract color and flavor.

For winery, tasting & technical notes, vineyard and award information please see:
viottolowines.com
VenetoAzienda Agricola AndreolaAndreola is located in Col San Martino, a small town situated on the green hills of Treviso in the Venetian hills. 28 hectares of vineyards are farmed almost exclusively to the Glera (Prosecco) grape, with a small amount of other native grapes: Verdiso, Perera and Bianchetta. These other grapes have been used in the Prosecco region since ancient times and are used in small percentages to give an authentic flavor.

This family owned business was founded in 1984 by Nazareno Pola and today his son, Stefano Pola, continues to manage the company with the same philosophy as his father. The passion for the vineyards and the wine is the hallmark of this family business and Stefano still follows its production from vineyard to cellar, wisely combining ancient methods with modern technologies.

The grapes are harvested between September and October and are crushed, destemmed and undergo a soft pressing to ensure the long aromatic richness typical of the grape. The grapes are vinified at low temperatures for up to two weeks, after the first fermentation the wine is then placed in sealed containers for the secondary fermentation. The temperature is kept low so that the fermentation is slower and therefore the bubbles formed are smaller and of better quality.

For winery, tasting & technical notes, vineyard and award information please see:
www.andreola.eu

Here's a helpful brochure detailing the product line in English: Andreola Fact Sheets
VenetoCa'VittoriaMost commercial Prosecco comes from the lowlands of the appellation. Ca'Vittoria owns ideal south-facing vineyards on the steepest hillsides, one of the key determinants of quality in the Prosecco zone. These high-altitude plots enjoy the cooling winds from the northern mountains, which helps to keep vines healthy as well as allows grapes to ripen evenly and slowly.
Here the Prosecco vines are naturally lower yielding, and thus produce flavorful, concentrated berries from these estate grown vineyards. The estate's cellar, dug into the cool granite "Cima Alta" hillsides, keeps Ca'Vittoria Prosecco at optimal temperatures during fermentation and aging. The Ca'Vittoria Brut Rosé is a unique Prosecco rose sparkler, with an added touch of Raboso, a red grape that adds both color and zest to the wine.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
VenetoDama del RovereThe Pra family of Dama del Rovere ("The Lady of the Oak," seen at left) has been making wines here to the east of Lake Garda for three generations. The Durello grape commands the best real estate in Soave, the vineyards for this unique bubbly grow at some 1,500 feet. Today you can count the number of families who produce Durello sparkling wines on one hand, but the Pra family is 100% dedicated to preserving this ancient art. Very old vines, very low yields and the Pra family's artisanal touch make this Brut chock-full of flavor and irresistible. Yeasty notes blend with white pepper and apple on the nose; the mouth is dry and lively, with citrus highlights.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
VenetoRive Della ChiesaThe name Rive Della Chiesa is synonymous with genuine quality, freshness of flavor and simplicity. The company was founded in the town of Selva del Montello, located in the province of Treviso, by the Gasparetto family. Today, brothers Luigi and Michele run the family business applying their expertise and attention to detail to all the various stages of production.
The planting of new vineyards particularly suited for the soil of Montello and the technical innovations applied to the cantina show the brothers' sensibility toward a final product created with passion, wisdom, knowledge and professionalism, keeping in mind the most ancient of traditions. This is how Rive Della Chiesa creates its great reds and whites and its excellent Prosecco Spumante.
This is certainly a production destined to wine lovers, wine experts and restaurateurs.
For tasting & technical notes, winery & vineyard information, please see:
Rive della Chiesa
VenetoVignalta(Sold by Vinum in Washington Only) Vignalta is the brainchild of Lucio Gomiero and Graziano Cardin. Founded in 1980, the winery is located in Marlunghe in the Colli Euganei. The Colli Euganei is a group of hills to the east of Lake Garda and Valpolicella. There are two different types of hills here: The hills produced by magma erupting from the sea bed, and the hills formed when the magma did not erupt, but raised the sea bed instead. The hills created by the volcanic eruptions have loose crumbling volcanic soil covered with thick vegetation. The hills which rose from the sea-bed slope more gently and are coated with chalky outcroppings of marlstone and a thin topsoil layer. Thus the type of wine from the grapes grown on the different hills varies. The volcanic soil is exceedingly good for the production of Merlot and ripens high quality lush Merlot to be used in the "Gemola" wine.

For winery, tasting & technical notes, vineyard and award information please see:
www.vignalta.it
PiedmontRocche CostamagnaRocche Costamagna is a historic domaine-bottler in La Morra, dating from 1841, though the current incarnation dates from the 1960s. Since the mid 1980s, Alessandro Locatelli has been managing the winery with the help of agronomist Gianpiero Romana (also consults for Damilano and Paolo Conterno) and enologist Giuseppe Caviola (also consults for Vietti, Abbona, Damilano, Einaudi, and Albino Rocca). Alessandro has made the winery what it is today, lowering yields, improving viticulture, and modernizing this winery facility that dates from 1814. A warm and gracious man, Alessandro also operates a small agriturismo at the winery, with sweeping views of the vines below La Morra.
Winery Web Site: Rocche Costamagna
Vinum Profile Sheet: Rocche Costamagna Profile
UmbriaRoccafioreSuperb values and top-quality wines from the Umbrian zone of Todi. Download a comprehensive brochure here: Roccafiore Brochure
And their web site: Roccafiore
VenetoMusellaBiodynamic estate farmed by the Pasqua family. Valpolicella, Amarone, and Recioto wines renowned for their quality. Check out Musella's web site here: Musella Winery
TuscanyVilla di ZanoChianti Classico producer owned by the Folonari family, who also owns Tenuta di Nozzole. Brilliant, fruit-driven Chiantis from Greve. The Folonaris revived this old label to honor the great terroir it represents in Greve: Villa di Zano

Here's a highly informative brochure as well: Villa di Zano
TuscanyColognoleProducer of pure, high-altitude, fruit-driven Chianti Rufina and Chianti Rufina Riserva.
Fact Sheets:
"Sinopie" Chianti
Chianti Rufina Riserva
Chianti Rufina
Emilia-RomagnaMonte delle VigneQuality-minded producer in the hills of Parma: Monte delle Vigne
Alto AdigeWeingut LentschA Grandfather and Grandson, Hartmann and Klaus Lentsch, lead this thoroughly modern but 120 year old domaine: Weingut H. Lentsch
CampaniaCantine di MarzoBack in 1647, Scipione di Marzo, founder of the estate, left San Paolo Belsito to escape the plague that was raging in the region around Naples and found shelter in Tufo.

It is said that he brought with him a variety then called Greco del Vesuvio or Greco di Somma.

After planting it in this new soil, he became the creator of the Greco di Tufo.

Since then, the estate has used its own nursery to produce its vines, thus keeping the genetic inheritance practically unchanged since its origins.

Check out Cantine di Marzo's Web site here: Cantine di Marzo.
FriuliScarpettaMaster Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson of Boulder's Frasca restaurant, share an abiding passion for the food and wine of Friuli. Scarpetta is their winery project, where the level of quality befits this obsession: Scarpetta Wines
PiedmontCa' di MeoMagda Pedrini’s Estate is located in Ca’ da Meo, a district which lies at the very heart of the Gavi DOCG wine-growing area, where the Cortese variety produces elegant, prestigious white wines. Magda Pedrini dedicates herself to this winery with the enthusiasm and love for the land and wine that led her to acquire this historic farm: a traditional small hamlet, surrounded by some ten hectares of estate-owned vineyards stretching out around three amphitheatres of sun blessed hillsides.
Read more here: Ca' de Meo
Emilia-RomagnaDrei DonaThe Drei Donà estate is located in the ancient Romagnan hills between the towns of Forlì, Castrocaro and Predappio.

The 'La Palazza' farmhouse was built around a watchtower constructed by Caterina Sforza in 1481 in a strategic position on the gentle slopes of Massa di Vecchiazzano to defend her lands.

The property has been in the hands of the Drei Donà family since the last century, and although it has always been dedicated to producing Sangiovese grapes, it has undergone a radical transformation under the present owner, Count Claudio Drei Donà.
After acquiring a law degree and working in the insurance industry, Count Drei Donà together with his son Enrico, has dedicated his efforts solely to the property, decisively guiding its activities towards increasingly high objectives.

Most of the 23 hectares of vineyards are planted with Sangiovese grapes, which were indigenous to the property. These old vines have been studied, selected and propagated to maintain La Palazza's original clones.

Click here to read more: Drei Dona
SicilyValle dell'AcateOne of the finest producers in Sicily, in the windswept, southeastern DOCG of Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Check out their Web site here: Valle dell'Acate
And the Vinum Profile sheet: Valle_dell_acate
VenetoMarcatoLocated high up on the basalt and tuff stone slopes of the natural amphitheatre formed by the Valle d’Alpone, in the central Veneto, the Marcato winery comprises some 7000 square meters dedicated to the various wine making processes, with grape drying rooms, cellars for bottle fermentation and maturation and temperature controlled stockage. The estate consists of 60 hectares of estate owned vineyards as well as fruit sourced from an additional 25 hectares of growers the Marcato Family has had long term contracts with.

From the lively Lessini Durello Brut wines to their Soave, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir, this estate is a true QPR champion, delivering more quality per dollar than practically any other Italian producer in our portfolio.

For more information, click here: Marcato
VenetoHi! ProseccoFresh, lively, uncomplicated, Hi! Prosecco is made just to the north of Venice and offers impeccable value for money. Check out their web site here: HI!
VenetoCavalchinaCavalchina is the name of the district in the Veneto where the winery is located, probably after the residence of the Conte Cavalchini. It is on the southeast border of the Garda amphitheatre.

This area has long been recognised as a vine growing district, indeed in 1848 the land was registered and classified by the ruling Hapsburg authorities in the first and second quality categories. This was based not only on quality but also on consistency of good production, essentially due to the capacity of the soil to stay moist in hot seasons.

The Cavalchina district was the site of both first and second War of Independency during the Risorgimento. The memorial basilisk to the 1866 battle is at the entrance to Cavalchina’s estate; it commemorates, in particular, the Prince Amedeo di Savoia wounded at the battle.

The Azienda Agricola Cavalchina was created in the early 1900s with the purchase of the first vineyards. By the 1960s the Piona family felt that the white wines of Custoza deserved better recognition than simply being labelled as Soave. From 1962 they were the first producers to label their white wines made from Fernanda, Trebbiano and Garganega with the Custoza name.

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Alto AdigeCappellettiKnown locally as “Specialino,” Cappelletti may be the oldest style of classic red bitter aperitivo still in production. Made from a traditional wine base of mostly Trebbiano, Cappelletti is less sweet than its larger commercial rivals (e.g., Campari, Aperol) and has a delightfully dry finish with bitter citrus undertones, perfect for mixing with sparkling water or wine. Its red color comes from natural carmine, which is derived from the cochineal bug. This beautifully deep crimson red is a great source of pride (and wealth) for the region.
PiedmontCardamaroMade by a 4th generation winemaker in Canelli d'Asti, and from a mistelle base of muscat, this aromatized wine is flavored with blessed thistle (once a treatment for plague) and cardoon, an artichoke-like vegetable. Mix this with sparkling water for a more adult version of root beer, or with bourbon for the most exotic Manhattan you can imagine.
PiedmontCocchiGiulio Cocchi founded his business in the North Western Italian town of Asti in 1891 when as a young pastry chef, he became fascinated with the pairing of food and and found in Asti, the capital of Moscato wines and its long tradition of blending wines and herbs. Giulio began producing quality aromatic-infused wines and bottle fermented sparkling wines. By the turn of the century in particular - Barolo Chinato and Aperitivo Americano - had become very popular, not only throughout Piedmont, but also in the export markets of London, New York, Africa and South America. Giulio Cocchi is now owned and operated by the Bava Family, themselves highly renowned wine producers. Today the winery still maintains its artisan character using only traditional techniques to craft the distinctive wines that have made Cocchi a cult name.

Today Cocchi Americano, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and Cocchi Barolo Chinato are indispensable to the American bartender, and make for lovely aperitifs on their own with a little sparkling water.

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PiedmontVilla GiadaRun with passion and formidable winemaking acumen by Mr. Andrea Faccio, this domaine near Canelli is justly famous for its Barbera, Moscato d'Asti, and Dolcetto.
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Winery Web Site: Villa Giada
Tuscany Gracciano della SetaThe della Seta Ferrari Corbelli family has owned this estate since the 1950s. The farm of about 70 hectares surrounds Villa Svetoni and its beautiful Italian garden, both built around the early 19th century. The vineyards are located on loamy and clayey soil on the Gracciano hills, historical cru of Montepulciano.

The management of the estate is aiming at improving the quality year by year, through drastic yield reduction, at present only 30-35 hl per hectare. The grape varieties are the classic cultivars of Vino Nobile with a strong predominance of Prugnolo Gentile (a clone of Sangiovese) and a small quantity of Canaiolo, Mammolo, and Merlot.

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VenetoCollegiataA price-performing Pinot Grigio from Umbria from our friends at Opici wines. Check out the profile here: Collegiata
VenetoTorre d'OrtiFor centuries the name "Torre d’Orti" on the San Martino Buanalbergo maps has indicated a precise area on the hills near the village of Marcellise.

This site with a great view was chosen by the Castello di Montorio as a place to build a watchtower to maintain security from enemies. Centuries later the same spot was used by the local farmers for growing olives, grapes and cereals. They created terracing, still visible today.

Recently the Piona family (who also owns Cavalchina) bought the land of the former watchtower, using the historic name for their estate. The land was replanted with vines for the production of Valpolicella wines. The terroir is special in that the red earth typical of Valpolicella classico is combined with white chalk.

This terroir plus the altitude gives the grapes a very low ph and acidity, creating distinguished and well balanced wines, extremely elegant, suitable for long ageing.

Torre d'Orti Web site: Torre d'Orti
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VenetoLa PrendinaWine production at La Prendina, in the hills just south of Lake Garda, is quite recent. It began in 1958 with the purchase of the vineyards. After extensive re-working the Piona family planted new vineyards based on their experience at Cavalchina. The existence of La Prendina as a farm goes back many years. Maps and documents of the Gonzaga period indicate the existence of the La Prendina estate. Also the evidence of the buildings such as the tower and dovecote suggests a much older existence.

Initially wines were sold under the Cavalchina name. The first wine to use the La Prendina name was a Merlot bottled in 1980. The Merlot remains the wine that best expresses the character of La Prendina.

By 1990 all La Prendina’s wines were sold under its own brand and started to be recognised in tastings and guides for its Bordeaux style, particularly with Vigneto del Falcone.

La Prendina web site