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Befana 2017

posted on 5 January 2017
Our warmest, warmest best wishes for a great New Year to you all!! At the launch of this new year and with our good Befana witch arriving on the Epiphany, we want our “greeting card” to also bring you news about our projects, expectations, and hopes for the coming year! And also a couple of small news items from the cellar: SORELI If any of you visited us recently, you will have noticed on entering that a good part of the small vineyard growing at the entrance and covering the cellar was grubbed up. Was it because of the wrong rootstock, or maybe too many passes with the tractor compacted the soil, or the wrong grape variety for the soil, poor-quality vines, or…? As a matter of fact, a good part of the vines were in bad condition and even dead, so much so that we had to take them out. So now, what to plant? A lot of discussion over the last few years has focused on disease-resistant grape varieties, but only recently has viticultural research brought really concrete results, and a number of very impressive varieties are available today. What are they and how are they “created”? These new varieties are created by repeated crossing/hybridization of familiar European wine-grape varieties with grapes native to America or with even more ancient varieties from the Caucasus area, with the aim of passing on the traits that make them resistant to the main grapevine diseases. The resultant grapevines are, therefore, naturally created, not GMOs. So we thought it would be worthwhile to plant 650 vines of one of these varieties, so that we would no longer have to apply anti-pest treatments to the vineyard and would be able to practice a natural, sustainable viticulture. Ah, I forgot! The name of the variety we chose is SORELI, a white, lightly aromatic grape that is a close relative of the Tocai friulano. We liked its name, as well as its winemaking potential, and-–who knows?—perhaps in the future what is now just a small experiment may evolve into something impressive in which we can invest. Bottlings underway and new vintages We will shortly begin bottling our Rosanoire 2016 , a crisp, full-flavoured wine, and the first out the gate of the 2016 vintage; about 7,500 bottles will be ready in March. 6,500 bottles of  Zerdì 2014 will probably be ready the coming June. On the shelves right now is perhaps the finest Valtenesi , the 2015, that we have produced to date, plus Nepomuceno 2011 and Riné 2014, the latter just now beginning to show its fine qualities. We think that April-May of this year will see the releases of Nepomuceno 2012—a superb, fabulous wine–, and the crisp, aromatic Riné 2015. And keep in mind that, for all our wines, we keep in the cellar a small supply of magnums of the older vintages, which are ready right now to be enjoyed to their fullest. Prowein To round off our news, this year, as usual, we will be at Prowein in Düsseldorf from 19 to 21 March, in our now-traditional spot, alongside the wine-passionate Merum magazine. 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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