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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?” We decided to make a few small changes in the character of the wines, to restyle some of our labels… and to introduce a new product that isautochthonous. But we will tell you more in our next newsletter. 2008 was a year of events, including: Gusto in Scena in March (at the Molino Stucky in Venice), Vinitaly in April, the Munich Wine Festival… Following detailed research carried out by experts in the sector, we have decided to modify our marketing strategy just a little. Convinced that fairs of a certain size are not ideal for small producers like us and that it is not easy to stand out even if one has very original products, we think that it would be better to focus our attention on finding small but competent and passionate clients who “fall in love” with our products. We have decided to take part in Vinitaly all the same, but in a different way; we shall be present on our local Consorzio’s stand for a couple of days, during which we will be able to meet our friends and customers. At this point, seeing that 2009 started just a short while ago, we should just like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 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
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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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