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Crazy weather!

posted on 6 June 2012
Greetings to all of you, just a few months after our last newsletter, here we are again, right in the middle of a new growing season. “We just don’t have real seasons anymore,” has become a set-phrase overused by almost everyone, but it certainly is right on the mark for this crazy start to 2012! December and January were cold and dry, then February was freezing, followed by a March that was almost summer-like. Heavy rains and snow arrived only in late spring, with temperature swings of as much as 10-15oC between one day and the next. All of this crazy weather nevertheless brought the vineyards into very fine growing conditions, with growth that is quite vigorous, maybe even too much, since the vines are keeping us running to keep everything balanced and to monitor the crop. So 2012 is shaping up to be a “strange” year, but every vintage has its own fascination and distinctiveness, and here at Cantrina we’re certainly not ones to let the unusual get us worried! Last February we released Rosanoire 2011 and in May Groppello 2011, and our customers are telling us how well these wines have turned out. In fact, 2011 is yielding just what we were confident it would: wines with full, well-ripened fruit yet at the same time elegant, clean, and crisp. In a few months, we will release Nepomuceno 2007; we think that a little more time in the bottle will give a tad more maturity to a wine that is so famously “muscular” and forceful as is Nepomuceno. Something to keep in mind, please, is that we hope you will confirm what we believe, that this is perhaps the finest vintage yet produced, even more elegant than usual, and exceptionally drinkable for such a firmly-structured wine. Wine guides: We usually supply samples of our wines to the annual wine guides (too many?), but this year we will be sending them only Nepomuceno 2007, Groppello 2011, and Rosato 2011; the other wines are either not bottled yet or are not yet ready. May and June at Cantrina are simply magnificent for the explosion of roses all in flower–and there are truly a lot and of so many varieties!–, not to speak of the cherries already ripe on the trees, and the vineyard in full flowering, with the vines’ delicate but intense fragrance so heady and inebriating, just filling the air all around, yet you can’t really get enough of it! Palazzetto di Cantrina. For some time now we have been thinking about how to improve and better utilise the Palazzetto that is part of our farming estate, which is rather run-down. In November, we got together some friends for a brain-storming session, and a lot of good ideas emerged (thanks!), which we are now working on. The only thing we are missing is the one key idea on how to finance the work! 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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