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Befana 2016

posted on 5 January 2016
As is by now our tradition, the Befana di Cantrina, our very own Good Witch, wants to extend her warm wishes to all our friends and customers for a New Year filled with peace and serenity. At long last, after two challenging harvests, the splendid 2015 was gifted to us, an experience we wouldn’t mind at all repeating, so, please, let’s all start rooting for a fabulous 2016! And now for the news from Cantrina. Cantrina is growing In our own little corner of the world, we are quite pleased with how the wine market is going, and we have thus become aware that our estate vineyard might not be large enough to support the required growth in our production. So we decided to look around a bit, and we had the good luck to be able to lease a fine vineyard, quite close to us. The upshot is that starting next year, Cantrina will be able to count on over two hectares of vineyard, and all planted to Groppello, to boot! Our latest vintages New vintages now available: RINE’ 2014 is already out on the shelves; equally impressive are its complex bouquet and vivid acidity. NEPOMUCENO 2011 continues on the path set by preceding vintages, towards ever-more pronounced genuineness and freshness, while exhibiting a lean austerity that makes this wine perhaps the most “French-style” we have produced. Our customers will have to wait until the first days of March to see ROSANOIRE 2015 2015, which will be bottled in about two weeks, together with the superb ZERDI’ 2013; the latter, though, won’t be ready to leave us until a bit later, probably in late spring. Market Developments Since we are always striving to work more efficiently and to satisfy as best we can the needs of our customers, we have decided, with the new year, to begin a distribution relationship with B-wine for the area around Brescia. You can also find our wines in their wine shop in Via Campagnola in Manerba. Wine events By now our participation is traditional in Catalogo 2016 organized by PROPOSTA VINI in Bussolengo (Verona) at the Hotel Montresor Tower on January 24th and 25th. Two naturally leads to three, so we will be present for the third time at PROWEIN in Düsseldorf, 13-15 March2016, as always at the Merum area, in Pavilion 16, at Hall E71. Work and Projects We have finally finished the re-structuring project that kept us so occupied in the second half of last year, but the cellar-work is still keeping us all busy, with topping-up, racking, preparing wines for bottling (full-time or not), there’s always much that needs doing…. In the meantime, while waiting for the real winter to hit, we’re now well long with winter pruning and the normal vineyard maintenance. And the projects? Always. For winemakers, it’s in our blood to always be on the lookout for something else and always be straining towards the future, with the result that sometimes ideas and methods, and other times old equipment abandoned for years, return burnished and once again relevant. But we’ll talk about this again soon. Warm wishes Cristina and Diego

2021 year-end report

posted on 17 December 2021
Here we are at the end of 2021, and it has been even more stressful and challenging from various points of view: the freeze we had in the spring; the uncertainties we are all aware of, that make it so hard to make long-term plans; the work that we had to do, which exceeded all mid-year and later projections; and finally our usual autumn newsletter is off the presses so late. Cantrina is known for producing, in very limited editions, wines whose hallmarks are decisive personalities and strong characters, in some cases utterly unique, wines that targeted to niche markets of dedicated wine-lovers and represent the quintessence and vital spirit of our winery.

Virtual tour and new e-commerce

posted on 27 August 2021
Over the past few months, we have been working on a new project that we are now ready to launch. With the goal of cancelling geographical boundaries and reducing the distance between all you loyal wine-lovers, we have re-structured, updated, and enlarged our mygroppello platform. This virtual universe will allow you to relate to our partners abroad and to purchase what we produce at Cantrina. We also improved our tours here at the winery, which you can now book online both at www.cantrina.it and at mygroppello; for all of you Amici di Cantrina who are reading this, nothing will change, and tours will obviously remain complimentary. Just access our online calendar and come see us: we’re ready to welcome you here with our usual straightforward simplicity. For those of you farther away, and those who would like to know more about us before coming, mygroppello also has a section dedicated to a virtual tour of Cantrina, our uniquely-easy way of helping you to discover our small universe here at Cantrina.

Waiting for spring

posted on 19 February 2021
Aspettando la primavera...
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 Chiaretto will be available and ready to enjoy starting in April.
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