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 in Cantrina

posted on 8 October 2009
Here we are almost at the end of the harvest (we still have to pick just a tiny part of our grapes and press those that we have set aside for drying) and so, strange as it may seem, it’s time to take stock of the overall situation once again. It was a precocious harvest for the early-ripening grapes (Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Sauvignon), due to early flowering in the spring and very favourable weather during the summer. The picking time for Merlot, Rebo and Marzemino was more in line with the norm, thanks to a fine September with cool nights and rain-free days. The health of the grapes and the first analyses of the new wines allow us to rate 2009 as a good year. Only time will tell us whether it will be an excellent vintage: yes, time, which is much more truthful than all those exaggerated proclamations we tend to be bombarded with each year as the harvest approaches…

Let’s talk about…Vinitaly 2009

posted on 20 March 2009
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Here we are getting ready for Vinitaly 2009, even if it seems to us less and less like a fair that is appropriate for small producers like ourselves: amid all the hustle and bustle of this great event it is difficult to explain to people about our “open-minded exercice de style”. This year, therefore, we are concentrating on alternative methods of getting together with our friends (let’s hear from you!). However, if you are at Vinitaly on 2nd and 3rd April you can find us in the Lombardy pavilion in the PalaExpo on stand C7. If you so desire, we will be able to give you more details about our new releases, which we will merely outline below: Groppello, an indigenous grape variety of the Valtènesi, has become a part of Cantina’s range; with the 2008 vintage we have sought to express and interpret the potential of this cultivar in line with our particular philosophy of production. Rinè 2007 will have a new label, which will also reflect a few small changes we have made in the wine itself. Incrocio Manzoni is the new grape variety that gives this wine a stronger identity.

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?”
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