Last news 2009

posted on 11 December 2009
Two wonderful days during the harvest During the harvest, Ivan, a dear friend of ours and a keen photographer, came to visit us: he is extremely good at capturing original situations and he is often kind enough to give us some of his splendid snapshots. Well, this year he really amazed us with his tiny but extremely efficient camera: using the video recording function, he turned himself into a film director, shooting harvest scenes with rare spontaneity. We still start to smile when we think of Ivan racing up and down between the vines on Gianni (our trusty vineyard worker)‘s bicycle as he filmed each scene, each person and each detail like an enthusiastic child, eager to complete a jigsaw puzzle of the vintage at Cantrina. The video only lasts 8 minutes, so we urge you to take a short break and watch this really unmissable clip. Sole di Dario at the lunch for the Pope On 8th November the Pope paid an official visit to Brescia. Amongst the wines selected for the luncheon was Sole di Dario 2005. This was undoubtedly a great honour for us and we should like to thank the Brescia branch of the Italian Sommeliers’ Association for choosing one of our products to represent winemaking in the Province on such an important occasion. “Stelvin” screw caps We have been thinking about it for a couple of years and, if we manage to organize ourselves in time, we would like to use Stelvin closures (alias screw caps) for the next bottling of Rinè. We are tired of entrusting years of hard work in the vineyard and winery to the unknown element that a cork closure represents: even though it may have a greater aesthetic and cultural appeal, on the other hand it never gives you a complete guarantee as to the quality of the seal it can provide over time, leading to possible ill effects in the wine or just to slight bottle variation. We would really like to know your thoughts on this matter. Restyling of the website We have given our site a slight restyling, so you will find our report on the 2009 vintage in the “Emotions” section… Christmas Greetings Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a 2010 full of promise. Cristina and Diego

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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