The Befana at Cantrina

posted on 6 January 2014
By now it has become a tradition at Cantrina: Cristina and Diego take advantage of this traditional Italian Epiphany celebration to wish everyone a Happy New Year. At a time that is a difficult one for so many people, we have to show ourselves even more optimistic and forward-looking, and the Good Witch, our beloved Befana, will surely bring a measure of healthy irony and wisdom… The very latest developments at Cantrina: SCREWCAP: We know, of course, that there is nothing particularly negative or innovative about this type of closure that many producers have been using for some time now, but we have thought about it long and hard. The result is that Rosanoire 2013 will benefit from a screwcap (a Stelvin, to be precise). We are convinced that this is the best way to preserve over time a wine’s freshness and overall character, reduce use of added sulphites, and to avoid the dreaded problem of a “corked wine.” We are certain that our customers will understand and appreciate this change. GROPPELLO DOC OR VALTENESI DOC? for Cantrina they are the same thing… As some of you already know, the new Valtenesi DOC has been in effect for a couple of years now (you can read the production code at this link), and we producers in Valtenesi consider it important to support the name of our growing area through the DOC, which designates the main variety planted in this area, the indigenous groppello grape. Beginning in September 2013, then, our Groppello will bear the new Valtenesi DOC label, but without altering its hallmark characteristics: freshness, easy drinkability, cleanness, and superb fruit. It will contain 10-15% of another variety, in order to increase its richness and body, and to give it further potential for long-term ageing. A DAY WITH PROPOSTA VINI: January 2014 As they do every year to promote their new year’s catalogue, Proposta Vini, our partner for wine distribution, will make available a full day for wine-sector professionals (restaurants, wine shops, wine bars, etc.) to taste wines and to personally meet their producers. Obviously, we will be there too, with our wines! PROWEIN, 23 -25 March: For the first time, Cantrina will be present at Prowein in Düsseldorf, Northern Europe’s most important wine show, thanks to an invitation from Merum, the Swiss wine magazine that is also widely read in Germany as well. You can find us at Merum’s group stand, in Hall 3, Stand R50, for a select group of Italian producers of wines from indigenous grapes. Germany is one of our most important markets, and not only for the many Germans who come each year to Lake Garda, and we would like to grow our presence in the north of that country. WORK IN VINEYARDS AND CELLAR: Thanks to a particularly mild autumn and beginning of winter, we have begun to prune, slowly, very deliberately, our vines, while most of the work that we are doing is performed in the wine cellar, finishing racking the new wines and preparing for upcoming bottlings. Soon to be in the bottle are our Rosanoire 2013, a href="" target="_self">Zerdì 2011, and Nepomuceno 2009. RE-STYLED WEBSITE: Have any of you already noticed the re-design of our website? It’s been up just a little under a month now. I would really like to know what you think of it. NEW VINTAGES RELEASED: And last but not least, we remind you that January will see the release of our Nepomuceno 2008 and Riné 2012. Thank you so much for the consideration you have given us, and have a GREAT NEW YEAR! 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.

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
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