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A NEW YEAR AND NEW VINTAGES ARRIVING

posted on 12 January 2020
RINE’ GAINS A SCREW CAP
This coming March, the new 2018 vintage of Riné, its second vintage as a certified organic wine, will debut on the market under a screw cap for the first time, and so we want to talk a bit about this type of closure. We have been using this closure for some years now for Rosanoire, and since last year for our latest-born Valtènesi Chiaretto. We have found the results positive in terms of cellarability, soundness, and crispness, in particular over the medium- and long-term; our customers, often tired of opening wines that were tainted, have expressed full satisfaction. So, after these years of trials and careful study, we decided to give a screw cap to Riné as well, something that would add to the well-known ageability of this distinctive white, allowing it to preserve even greater aromatic intensity, a characteristic particularly expressive in the 2018 vintage. Given the screw cap’s sterility and hermetic seal, bottling wines is definitely made much easier, since less sulphites need to be used, which adds up to greater respect for the wine itself, for the terroir, and for the health of the consumer.
NEXT ON THE RETAIL SHELVES
As mentioned above, mid-February will see the release of Valtènesi Chiaretto 2019 Bio, March that of Rosanoire 2019 Bio and of Riné 2018 Bio. With regard to the reds, the first bottles of Zerdì 2017 Bio are already available, whereas the debut of the new Groppello 2018 Bio will have to wait for Vinitaly 2020. True, it’s not a real debut, since it’s the same wine that was labelled Valtènesi DOC, but we have again added to the label its grape variety and taken advantage of that to freshen up the label. And an interesting new development: in 2017 we were intrigued by a tank of Pinot Noir that spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts, which we then aged just in steel and bottled about a year from harvest, without using stabilisation, clarification, or filtration—another great example of a open-minded «exercice de style» à la Cantrina. The result, IGT Benaco Bresciano Pinot Nero Bio 2017 Corteccio, the old name for the first Pinot Noir-based wines in the years when we were just starting out. There are just a few hundred bottles, and we don’t yet know whether or when there will be more, but these are perfect for adventuresome wine-lovers who want to “taste outside the boundaries”. The bottles are indeed few.

Cristina and Diego

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.

Virtual tour and new e-commerce

posted on 27 August 2021
Over the past few months, we have been working on a new project that we are now ready to launch. With the goal of cancelling geographical boundaries and reducing the distance between all you loyal wine-lovers, we have re-structured, updated, and enlarged our mygroppello platform. This virtual universe will allow you to relate to our partners abroad and to purchase what we produce at Cantrina. We also improved our tours here at the winery, which you can now book online both at www.cantrina.it and at mygroppello; for all of you Amici di Cantrina who are reading this, nothing will change, and tours will obviously remain complimentary. Just access our online calendar and come see us: we’re ready to welcome you here with our usual straightforward simplicity. For those of you farther away, and those who would like to know more about us before coming, mygroppello also has a section dedicated to a virtual tour of Cantrina, our uniquely-easy way of helping you to discover our small universe here at Cantrina.

Waiting for spring

posted on 19 February 2021
Aspettando la primavera...
We wanted to put out this brief edition of our newsletter just to let you know that, in spite of plenty of limitations, closings, and the consequent economic slowdown—which has hit our sector hard--, here at Cantrina work in the vineyards has never stopped. We have continued to prune, manure, and tend the vineyards, and in the cellar we have been working on all the new vintages preparatory to bottling. Just a few days ago, we bottled our 2020 organic rosés: Rosanoire and Valtènesi Chiaretto will be available and ready to enjoy starting in April.
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