Befana 2015

posted on 6 January 2015
Warm wishes to all from the Befana!!! As always, we like to wait until the beginning of the new year to send everyone our best wishes for the holidays just past and our hopes that the new year will start off in the best way possible. Looking a bit down the road, and at our own life here, we are hopeful that 2015 will be a terrific growing year–and, who knows, perhaps even a great vintage! OK, maybe I’m going a little too fast here, or even just dreaming… so it’s best that I let you know what’s been happening with Cantrina. PROWEIN 2015: After last year’s very satisfactory experience, we will be returning this year to Prowein in Düsseldorf. We will welcome you in our usual spot, Merum’s stand #16E71 in Hall-Pavilion 16, on 15-16-17 March. PROPOSTA VINI TASTING: Restaurateurs will want to note that on January 26, at the  Hotel Montresor Tower di Bussolengo (VR) in Bussolengo, Proposta Viniwill officially introduce its 2015 Catalogue, and the wines will be available for tasting. We ourselves will be there of course, along with many other fascinating small producers from all over Italy. Look at the homepage on our website for the notice with all the details. NEW VINTAGE IN THE MARKET: The end of the year marked the release of RINE’ 2013 and of NEPOMUCENO 2009, these are truly two very fine wines. Yes, at the moment they may show an imperfection or two due to their youth, but even as early as this coming spring they will be impressing you! We want to let you know as well that we still have a few–a very few!–bottles of the previous vintages, and in particular magnums of the 2006-2007-2008  Nepomuceno. 2015 BOTTLING SCHEDULE: We are just about to bottle ROSANOIRE 2014. This wine boasts a zesty acidity, thanks to a truly one-of-a-kind growing season, and that means that this will be a wine with great cellarability: you’ll be enjoying it for many, many years to come. Bottled along with the rosé will be ZERDI’ 2012. It has never turned so well, with rich fruit and clean contours, and we expect a great future for it. VALTENESI and RINE’ 2014 will go to bottle in late spring. They exhibit the same hallmarks of Rosanoire crisp acidity and impressive ageing potential, perfect exemplars of the 2014 growing year; we believe these wines will continue revealing their qualities over a very long time. NEPOMUCENO merits separate comment. We decided not to bottle a 2010 vintage of this wine, since the 2010 vintage was, in our opinion, not high enough in quality to produce a wine such as NEPOMUCENO. So, we will be bottling NEPOMUCENO 2011 in the summer, and what fun that wine promises to be… Cristina and Diego

Harvest 2023

posted on 22 November 2023
It was a year of very hard work. Bad weather dealt us repeated blows, first with heavy rains all the way through the spring and a good part of the summer, then with torrid heat in late July and early August. Nonetheless, we were successful in bringing a satisfactory crop into the cellar, both in quantity and quality.

Happy New Year to all!

posted on 24 January 2023
Once again, we find ourselves confronting another challenging year. True enough, Covid is finally largely behind us, but there is still a general climate of uncertainty, underscored by the war at Europe’s borders, whose impact is anything but negligible. The opening weeks of the year bring all of us the opportunity to renew our resolutions and launch new projects. We all must face our problems with optimism and hope, doing our own part with commitment and honesty. And now, on to what is happening at Catrina and what we’re planning…

Random considerations regarding drought

posted on 9 September 2022
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Drought, increasingly frequent now, is one of the signs of climate change in action, but for those who live in Europe, our current 2022 constitutes a true, and significant, turning point. It’s no longer a matter of numbers, statistics, appeals from environmentalists and scientists: each one of us, throughout this dry year
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