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

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
Piante siccità
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

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.
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