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

Harvest in Cantrina

posted on 8 October 2009
Here we are almost at the end of the harvest (we still have to pick just a tiny part of our grapes and press those that we have set aside for drying) and so, strange as it may seem, it’s time to take stock of the overall situation once again. It was a precocious harvest for the early-ripening grapes (Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Sauvignon), due to early flowering in the spring and very favourable weather during the summer. The picking time for Merlot, Rebo and Marzemino was more in line with the norm, thanks to a fine September with cool nights and rain-free days. The health of the grapes and the first analyses of the new wines allow us to rate 2009 as a good year. Only time will tell us whether it will be an excellent vintage: yes, time, which is much more truthful than all those exaggerated proclamations we tend to be bombarded with each year as the harvest approaches…

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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