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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

posted on 5 January 2011
*[In Italy the feast of Epiphany is “personified” by la Befana, an imaginary, witch-like crone who brings gifts to good children and (sweet) “coal” to those who have misbehaved]. I always like to be a little bit different, so the Befana’s feast is one I identify with… and that is why I am only now taking the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year, assuming you have survived the massive beanfeasts during the recent holiday period! I just have one or two TEENSY-WEENSY bits of news to tell you about: Cantrina has also gained a foothold in MonteCarlo, for now just with our most extreme wine, the ERETICO 2007… I am increasingly convinced that unique products really do make a difference in the marketplace and so one should always be prepared to TAKE A GAMBLE!

posted on 6 November 2010
What can we say about the 2010 harvest, which came at the end of a year that was especially strange and difficult? There was a late spring and a rainy summer that was cool and humid, an early autumn and lots of problems with the health of the vines. 2010 will definitely not be one of the vintages of the century and, as things stand right now, it is very hard to pick out any products of real excellence. However, after the first few days of harvesting, which caused us a great deal of apprehension because of all the care and hard work that we had to put into selecting the grapes, we can now say that we are hoping for a few pleasant surprises from the vats where fermentation is just coming to an end. In short, it took us more time to pick less grapes than usual; also, we didn’t set aside any grapes for drying to make the Sole di Dario and we selected fewer grapes for the Nepomuceno. From our initial tastings, though, we can look forward to wines that may be less fleshy and muscular, but which display great freshness, fine aromas and acidity and which should eventually offer elegance and longevity. The French (who know a thing or two about wine) refer to these as “cellar masters’ vintages”: years in which the skill and sensitivity of the winemaker really can compensate for nature’s lack of generosity. We hope we’ve done a good job!

posted on 6 July 2010
Hello there everyone! As in all family-run companies we’ve been very busy, and so some time has passed since our last newsletter… Here, then, is a little news about our activities over the past few months. Having found an importer in the United States, we went to New York for a brief business trip and we are now looking forward to seeing our wines on the lists of some specialist wine stores and/or exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. In our opinion, New York is a city that offers great opportunities and there even particular products like ours can find the right type of market exposure. At a tasting at the Hudson Hotel our products – especially the Nepomuceno and the Rinè - were highly appreciated, and our American friends suggested that we define our wines as “unconventional” because of the character and original style that set them apart.
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