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Waiting for spring

posted on 19 February 2021
A warm Hello to everyone of you!
We wanted to put out this brief edition of our newsletter just to let you know that, in spite of plenty of limitations, closings, and the consequent economic slowdown—which has hit our sector hard—, here at Cantrina work in the vineyards has never stopped. We have continued to prune, manure, and tend the vineyards, and in the cellar we have been working on all the new vintages preparatory to bottling.
Just a few days ago, we bottled our 2020 organic rosés: Rosanoire and Valtènesi Chiarettowill be available and ready to enjoy starting in April. We want to remind you, too, that we still have available the 2019 vintage of all these wines. A year’s ageing in the bottle has done nothing but add complexity and fascination to wines that are still amazingly crisp and sound—ensured by their screw caps.
Our “pride and joy” is also bottled: Sole di Dario, which since 2018 has been officially organic. The last bottles of the 2015 vintages are running out. As many of you know, Sole di Dario is one of our most challenging wines to make, since its character and distinctiveness must be absolutely perfect, or we won’t bottle that vintage. That’s the reason that the next vintage after 2015 is 2018.
The organic Zerdí 2018 Bio2018 is in the bottle, too, but we’ll have to wait a few more months until release. This 100% Rebo is fermented with ambient yeasts and unfiltered.
The organic Groppello 2019 will be heading to the shelves as well, starting in September.

Events

We decided that we would have to skip Vinitaly 2021this year, since it is scheduled, so far, for late June. That is precisely the period when winegrowers like ourselves are very heavily involved in vineyard operations, and it would be too hard to leave the winery for the four days of the trade fair.
We will participate, if the pandemic situation allows, in brief special events, and we’ll let you know when and if we do.
We remind you of our e-commerce site www.mygroppello.com you can also follow us on Instagram on our Cantrina winery page: cantrina_winery.
As soon as the first warm rays of spring warm our souls, we will set up Cantrina’s “outdoor living room” again, where we will happily welcome you, our loyal fans and wine-lovers.
Our website will soon have a page that will allow you to book a visit and tour of Cantrina.
Our arms are wide open to you all, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Cantrina in 2021, for a first time or a return!

Cristina and Diego

Epiphany 2013

posted on 6 January 2013
Yes, here I am again, now that the Befana, the traditional Good Witch of the Epiphany, has landed. She is bearing you, along with Diego, a full load of our warmest wishes for the New Year, and I personally wish that I too could bring you presents, but can you just picture a Befana scattering bottles of wine while trying to fly her broom at the same time?! So it’s better for the moment that the bottles continue to rest in the cellar, and that way they will be here for you when you come–invitation!–to visit us over the course of 2013 to taste them with us. Now, as far as what’s coming up in the near future …

Harvest 2012

posted on 8 October 2012
It’s incredible: it seems as though we barely finished the 2011 harvest and here we are already at the end of this odd, totally crazy 2012!!! Yes, odd, since what else would be the right word to describe a growing year that started off with such a mild, dry winter that there was no snow, not even on the mountains, followed by a rainy, wet spring that created no lack of problems in the vineyards, which were trying to flower, then all of a sudden it was summer, and one of the hottest of recent years to boot? Hot and dry that is, until heavy rains came during the last stage of the growth cycle. So, changing environment, creeping tropicalisation of our climate? Who knows, but our job as winegrowers, and it isn’t an easy one, is to interpret as best we can what nature sends us, and so…

Crazy weather!

posted on 6 June 2012
Greetings to all of you, just a few months after our last newsletter, here we are again, right in the middle of a new growing season. “We just don’t have real seasons anymore,” has become a set-phrase overused by almost everyone, but it certainly is right on the mark for this crazy start to 2012! December and January were cold and dry, then February was freezing, followed by a March that was almost summer-like. Heavy rains and snow arrived only in late spring, with temperature swings of as much as 10-15oC between one day and the next. All of this crazy weather nevertheless brought the vineyards into very fine growing conditions, with growth that is quite vigorous, maybe even too much, since the vines are keeping us running to keep everything balanced and to monitor the crop.
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