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…

HARVEST 2022 The 2022 harvest was certainly a great surprise, given the unfavourable weather that preceded it —a dry, hot summer— with far better results than we expected. After a full three years marked by hail and freezes in the spring, we were finally gifted with a fairly good-quantity crop, but what really surprised us was the excellence of the grapes, which promised wines of truly impressive quality, particularly for the reds. In addition, we’ll now be able to build up some reserves in the cellar and be able to bottle a bit more than we expected.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS After years of planning, we’re finally ready to install a small solar panel array, which will give us near-total electrical energy independence. We have wanted this for a long time now, for reasons of environmental sustainability, but the current overall energy situation, with sky-high energy prices, has made its use absolutely indispensable. We have also decided to install an irrigation well, to supply emergency irrigation for some of our vineyards in drought years such as we saw last season, and we will start construction as soon as possible, hopefully before the coming summer. Finally, the latest news is that we just signed a lease agreement for about a hectare of land, quite near our winery, where in the next 2-3 years we will plant a new vineyard to boost our production.

NEW WINES Ever faithful to our business motto of “Personal expression of style,” we decided to bottle two very distinctive and unusual wines, Valtènesi 2020 and an uncommon selection of Nepomuceno 2016.

An elegant version of Valtènesi Chiaretto, dubbed Myroses 2020, in 500 litre used French oak barrel, which imparted significantly more complexity than our standard Chiaretto, as well as a seductive elegance and hints of spice on the nose, an almost golden hue, and a palate that is simply pleasure personified.

Nepomuceno limited edition 2016 is a wine that we have been planning for quite a while, but it had to wait for just the right growing year to see the light of day. We selected lots of the finest red grapes from our estate vineyards for a very special edition of our Nepomuceno. That vintage turned out to be 2016, and it gave us a little less than 1,000 bottles. It matured about 4 years in new oak barrel and spent an additional 18 months in the bottle: a “super nepo”, as you could call it.

We want to let you know that Nepomuceno 2018 has been available for some months now, and that Riné 2020 Organic wineOur supply of Zerdí 2019is almost gone and the 2020 will be released soon. Sole di Dario , one of our most prized wines, is extremely challenging to make at the quality level we demand, so it is simply impossible to produce it every year. Furthermore, the quantities are always limited, since the Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes are carefully dried in a special drying room for a minimum of two months, with a final yield of only 30%. The 2019 vintage is now gone, so we have to patiently wait for the 2021 to be ready, in all likelihood in spring 2024.

On February 14th we will release Valtènesi Chiaretto doc 2022 and Rosanoire 2022. In March, we’ll bottle the superb Groppello 2022, that will be available in April. 2023. UPCOMING EVENTS On February 17th, come meet us at the wine tasting of the European Tour of Gambero Rosso 2023 in Copenaghen. On March 6th, you can enjoy the official La Prima del Valtènesi Chiaretto annata 2023, organised by our Consorzio di Tutela Vini DOC at the gorgeous Museo Mille Miglia in Brescia. From April 2nd to April 5th we will be at from 2 through April, will see us in Padiglione 8 in the VINITALY, in the FIVI area. FIVI. Vinitaly is always a superb opportunity to meet with wine professionals from all over the globe, and to taste all the new releases. 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.

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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