Newsletter in the rain

posted on 12 April 2013
…nothing but rain, rain, and more rain… I swear that we have NEVER seen such a season!!! This has been a growing year that starting way back in autumn has brought rain practically every week, even though the winter was not particularly severe. One must exercise patience, and we know that “it never rains forever,” and that the sun does eventually appear. So, we can only hope. The activities in the vineyard are proceeding slowly (see above paragraph!), but things are going very nicely in the cellar. After bottling in January, we released Rosanoire 2012, and then in March Zerdì 2010 and Groppello 2012 went into bottle. The former may have to wait a few months, but the second is ready now, and the bottles are now on their way to the retail shelf. The first customer reactions have been very positive, further proof that despite the rather bizarre weather, the 2012 vintage has been a very, very good one, at least for Cantrina. While waiting for spring to finally emerge with all of its long-awaited life-force, we can report the good news that on 8 March, right on the date for International Women’s Day, I became a delegate for the Lombardy region of Donne del vino, Women in Wine. This is a new opportunity for me, and will allow me to utilise my experience as a wine producer and as board member of the Consorzio Valténesi. I will be working closely with my colleagues in creating regional- and national-level projects to promote the culture of wine from a woman’s unique point of view. For those not familiar with Donne del Vino, we are not just wine producers, but also sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine shop owners, journalists, and more, all of us working professionally, and with passionate dedication, in the wine world. At the moment, for example, we are planning an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organisation. Here are two young, attractive women of wine… We’ll see what I manage to do, in the midst of the thousands of things I already have to do in my job, but I do like to commit my energies to organisation activities, as long as everyone pitches in. Up to this point, I have found that my colleagues are very team-oriented and have terrific ideas, so… full steam ahead! Cristina

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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