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The Befana at Cantrina

Posted on 7 January, 2014 by Azienda Agricola Cantrina in Newsletter

By now it has become a tradition at Cantrina: Cristina and Diego take advantage of this traditional Italian Epiphany celebration to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

At a time that is a difficult one for so many people, we have to show ourselves even more optimistic and forward-looking, and the Good Witch, our beloved Befana, will surely bring a measure of healthy irony and wisdom…

La Befana a Cantrina

The very latest developments at Cantrina:


We know, of course, that there is nothing particularly negative or innovative about this type of closure that many producers have been using for some time now, but we have thought about it long and hard. The result is that Rosanoire 2013 will benefit from a screwcap (a Stelvin, to be precise). We are convinced that this is the best way to preserve over time a wine’s freshness and overall character, reduce use of added sulphites, and to avoid the dreaded problem of a “corked wine.”

We are certain that our customers will understand and appreciate this change.

GROPPELLO DOC OR VALTENESI DOC? for Cantrina they are the same thing…

As some of you already know, the new Valtenesi DOC has been in effect for a couple of years now (you can read the production code at this link), and we producers in Valtenesi consider it important to support the name of our growing area through the DOC, which designates the main variety planted in this area, the indigenous groppello grape.

Beginning in September 2013, then, our Groppello will bear the new Valtenesi DOC label, but without altering its hallmark characteristics: freshness, easy drinkability, cleanness, and superb fruit. It will contain 10-15% of another variety, in order to increase its richness and body, and to give it further potential for long-term ageing.


As they do every year to promote their new year’s catalogue, Proposta Vini, our partner for wine distribution, will make available a full day for wine-sector professionals (restaurants, wine shops, wine bars, etc.) to taste wines and to personally meet their producers.

Obviously, we will be there too, with our wines!

PROWEIN,  23 -25 March:  

For the first time, Cantrina will be present at Prowein in Düsseldorf, Northern Europe’s most important wine show, thanks to an invitation from Merum, the Swiss wine magazine that is also widely read in Germany as well. You can find us at Merum’s group stand, in Hall 3, Stand R50, for a select group of Italian producers of wines from indigenous grapes.

Germany is one of our most important markets, and not only for the many Germans who come each year to Lake Garda, and we would like to grow our presence in the north of that country.


Thanks to a particularly mild autumn and beginning of winter, we have begun to prune, slowly, very deliberately, our vines, while most of the work that we are doing is performed in the wine cellar, finishing racking the new wines and preparing for upcoming bottlings.

Soon to be in the bottle are our Rosanoire 2013, Zerdì 2011, and Nepomuceno 2009.


Have any of you already noticed the re-design of our website? It’s been up just a little under a month now. I would really like to know what you think of it.


And last but not least, we remind you that January will see the release of our Nepomuceno 2008 and Riné 2012.

Thank you so much for the consideration you have given us, and have a GREAT NEW YEAR!

Cristina and Diego


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