Spring Newsletter

posted on 4 April 2011
Vinitaly 2011 Every time that Vinitaly comes around it seems that time has just flown by… Like last year, we won’t be having our own stand, but those who want to taste our products will still be able to do so on the  Garda Classico Consortium’s stand, no. D8 in the Lombardy Pavilion at PalaExpo. The winery, naturally, will remain open for visits or tastings. Mission to New York My second trip in 2011 to New York was very hard work and very exciting at the same time. I had the chance to meet some more important restaurateurs and get a better idea about how that market really works. Now we’re in the phase of firming up orders… One thing is certain, I dragged my suitcase full of samples to show to restaurateurs for miles and miles: I think I’ve worn out the wheels! I shall preserve it lovingly as a faithful comrade-in-arms. The Issue Project Room Event The evening sponsored by Cantrina for the Issue Project Room went very well. In the setting of one of Brooklyn’s historic buildings our wine was sampled by contemporary artists, patrons and art lovers, accompanied by musical performances from Elliott Sharp and Jo Andres. We are now working on the follow-up to this operation. The 2007 Nepomuceno has been bottled The 2007 Nepomuceno, our highly individual blend of Merlot, Marzemino and Rebo was bottled one week ago, ready for the long period of bottle-ageing that normally precedes its release onto the market. In the style of this wine – whilst its typically substantial body and concentrated structure remain constant – the over-ripe notes are increasingly giving way to the freshness of the fruit, a consequence in particular of a more discriminating use of very ripe grapes. We think that the 2007 was an excellent vintage and we therefore hold out great expectations for this wine… 2010 Groppello The 2010 Groppello, too, is now in bottle, and in two months’ time, when it has had the chance to recover from the stress of bottling, it will be ready to go on sale. For those of you who don’t know it yet, Groppello is the indigenous grape variety and wine of our zone, the Valtènesi. We like to offer this wine in the fresh and fruity style that shows off the variety at its best, and the market is proving us right. However, we are now finishing off selling the last few bottles of 2009 Groppello, and we are also very happy with the spicy note it has developed after a year in bottle. 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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