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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

Let’s talk about…Vinitaly 2009

posted on 20 March 2009
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Here we are getting ready for Vinitaly 2009, even if it seems to us less and less like a fair that is appropriate for small producers like ourselves: amid all the hustle and bustle of this great event it is difficult to explain to people about our “open-minded exercice de style”. This year, therefore, we are concentrating on alternative methods of getting together with our friends (let’s hear from you!). However, if you are at Vinitaly on 2nd and 3rd April you can find us in the Lombardy pavilion in the PalaExpo on stand C7. If you so desire, we will be able to give you more details about our new releases, which we will merely outline below: Groppello, an indigenous grape variety of the Valtènesi, has become a part of Cantina’s range; with the 2008 vintage we have sought to express and interpret the potential of this cultivar in line with our particular philosophy of production. Rinè 2007 will have a new label, which will also reflect a few small changes we have made in the wine itself. Incrocio Manzoni is the new grape variety that gives this wine a stronger identity.

Cantrina from the old to the new year

posted on 20 January 2009
2008 is now just a memory: it gave us cause for concern with its rains in the spring and then cause for satisfaction with a late summer and early autumn that were ideal for ripening the grapes. The harvest then took place in cool, dry weather conditions: this, together with our efforts to keep down yields, allowed us to pick healthy grapes with a good sugar/acid balance. The resulting wines combine concentration with very fresh aromas and flavours, suggesting that they will have excellent ageing potential. 2008 was also a year for reflection. We thought long and hard about the type of wines we produce, constantly asking ourselves the same questions: “Can we express our terroir even without using indigenous grapes?” and “Can we demonstrate that quality and personality are independent of autochthony?”
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