Cantrina at New York

posted on 6 July 2010
Hello there everyone! As in all family-run companies we’ve been very busy, and so some time has passed since our last newsletter… Here, then, is a little news about our activities over the past few months. Having found an importer in the United States, we went to New York for a brief business trip and we are now looking forward to seeing our wines on the lists of some specialist wine stores and/or exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. In our opinion, New York is a city that offers great opportunities and there even particular products like ours can find the right type of market exposure. At a tasting at the Hudson Hotel our products – especially the Nepomuceno and the Rinè - were highly appreciated, and our American friends suggested that we define our wines as “unconventional” because of the character and original style that set them apart. From this trip to New York we also realized how important the use of QR (or Quick Response) codes is: these, “read” by your mobile phone, enable you to decode information or connect to an Internet site, thus forming a link between physical objects and the web. From the next bottling runs of our new vintages, in fact, we shall apply this code to all our bottles, whether they are destined for Italy or for export markets. We are just about to bottle the  Rinè 2009 and Sole di Dario 2007. As is usual for us, they will only be released when they are ready and therefore not for another one and a half to two years from now. However, we can tell you that they both show really great promise. We are also preparing another experiment: a white wine for which we picked the grapes a few years ago – yet another “open-mindedexercice de style” which we will tell you more about in the near future… A final note about what’s going on in the vineyard. This is a strange and complicated year: the cold winter weather, which dragged on throughout most of the spring as well, did not prevent the vines from undergoing a good, regular bud-break, followed though by a long period of very heavy rains that are now causing us a number of problems as regards vineyard management, both from the point of view of the vines’ health and the work we have to do on the growing plants (trimming the tops of the shoots, eliminating excess leaves and thinning out the bunches). Now we are hoping for a long spell of dry and sunny weather that will help us finish in the best possible way a growing season that started off with a certain amount of difficulty… 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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