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

Harvest 2020

posted on 5 November 2020
Warm greetings to you all! It’s already late autumn and therefore the time to draw some overall conclusions about the 2020 harvest that just ended. We mentioned in our last newsletter that in our area, and in particular for those of us who have chosen the path of farming organically, it was certainly a difficult growing year, with plenty of heavy rains, sometimes along with hail, that accompanied us from June on, almost right up to the start of harvest

Harvest 2020

posted on 2 September 2020
Vendemmia 2020 Cantrina
We’re just about there...This year, too, we’re almost into harvest. That despite a winter that was among the warmest and driest in memory, despite the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown, decked out in gloves and masks; despite the late spring and near-rainless summer; despite hail here and there that did some damage; despite the ultra-vigorous foliage in the vineyards that made us re-double our efforts to ward off fungal attacks and carefully monitor the crop; and despite all the large and small problems that we have to always confront every day “on the grape-growing front”.


posted on 12 January 2020


This coming March, the new 2018 vintage of Riné, its second vintage as a certified organic wine, will debut on the market under a screw cap for the first time, and so we want to talk a bit about this type of closure. We have been using this closure for some years now for Rosanoire, and since last year for our latest-born Valtènesi Chiaretto. We have found the results positive in terms of cellarability, soundness, and crispness, in particular over the medium- and long-term; our customers, often tired of opening wines that were tainted, have expressed full satisfaction.
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